VIPs Who Played A Significant Role In World War 1

Alexander Samsonov (1859-1914)

7. Alexander Samsonov (1859-1914)

Samsonov is known as the Commander who oversaw the Russian military disaster at the Battle of Tannenberg. At the outbreak of War in August 1914 he was given command of the Russian Second Army, along with Paul von Rennenkampf, commander of First Army, they were assigned with the Russian invasion of East Prussia.

The task quickly ran into trouble with poor communication between Samsonov and Rennenkampf, who had tension between themselves, this caused Samsonov’s Second Army to be encircled by Germany’s Eight Army.

Amid the loss of his forces, Samsonov was lost in the woods where confronted with the feat of reporting the loss of Tsar Nicholas II overwhelmed him, thus causing him to take his own life with a shot to the head. It is apparent that his body hasn’t been found.

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