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Battle of Tannenberg Ends

The Battle of Tannenberg was a decisive engagement between Russian and German forces in WWI. After invading German East Prussia, the Russian First and Second armies became separated. German forces then attacked one of the isolated armies and forced its retreat, killing and capturing tens of thousands in the process. Though disastrous for Russia, the battle forced Germany to divert troops from the Western Front during the first critical weeks of the war. Why was the battle named after Tannenberg?




Monopods are mythological dwarf-like creatures with a single leg and a large foot. They are found in many works of fiction dating back to ancient Greece. Monopods are even mentioned in Pliny the Elder's Historia Naturalis (c. 77 CE), an encyclopedia of natural history. Twentieth-century writer C.S. Lewis also featured the one-legged creatures in his Chronicles of Narnia allegorical fantasy series. In both accounts, monopods are said to use their oversized feet for what purpose?

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Nancy Wake

Wake, who passed away weeks ago at the age of 98, was one of WWII's most decorated servicewomen. A New Zealand native, she left home at 16 and eventually settled in Paris. When the Germans occupied France, Wake joined the resistance. Pursued by the Gestapo, she fled to Britain, where she joined the Special Operations Executive. In 1944, she parachuted back into France to help establish communications between the British military and French Resistance. What nickname did the Gestapo have for her?

Last updated on Tuesday, 30th August 2011

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