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Gorlice–Tarnów offensive
Part of the Eastern Front of World War I
Gorlice–Tarnów breakthrough
and Russian withdrawal
Date2 May – 22 June 1915
Gorlice and Tarnów area, south-east of Kraków, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (present-day Poland)

Central Powers’ victory

 German Empire
 Russian Empire
Commanders and leaders
German Empire August von Mackensen
German Empire Hans von Seeckt
Austria-Hungary E. von Böhm-Ermolli
Austria-Hungary Svetozar Boroević
Austria-Hungary Paul von Brlog
Austria-Hungary AD. Joseph Ferdinand
Russian Empire GD. Nicholas
Russian Empire Nikolay Ivanov
Russian Empire Radko Dimitriev
Units involved
German Empire XI Army
German Empire South Army
Austria-Hungary II Army
Austria-Hungary III Army
Austria-Hungary IV Army
Austria-Hungary VII Army
Russian Empire III Army
Russian Empire VIII Army
Russian Empire XI Army
Russian Empire IX Army
3rd, 4th, 11th Army:
321,886 men
734 machine guns
1691 guns[1]
7th Army
108,103 men
202 machine guns
391 guns[2]
South Army :
76,781 men
279 machine guns
422 guns[3]
2nd Army
83,165 men
291 machine guns
407 guns[4]
reinforcement about 100,000 men[5]
3rd Army
246,578 men
528 machine guns
698 guns[6]
9th Army
171,375 men
393 machine guns
379 guns[7]
8th Army
116,419 men
374 machine guns
417 guns[8]
11th Army
65,881 men
162 machine guns
231 guns[9]
reinforcement about 500,000 men[10]
Casualties and losses
Total 354,205 men
German Empire:
23,371 KIA
64,548 WIA
6,420 MIA
Total 94,339 [11]
32,639 KIA
127,275 WIA
99,952 MIA
Total: 259,866 men [12]
Total 806,001 men[13]
87,448 KIA
306,084 WIA
412,469 MIA

The Gorlice–Tarnów offensive during World War I was initially conceived as a minor German offensive to relieve Russian pressure on the Austro-Hungarians to their south on the Eastern Front, but resulted in the Central Powers' chief offensive effort of 1915, causing the total collapse of the Russian lines and their retreat far into Russia. The continued series of actions lasted the majority of the campaigning season for 1915, starting in early May and only ending due to bad weather in October.

The Gorlice–Tarnów offensive was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. The total casualties of the opponents exceeded 1,150,000 people in 2 months of fighting.[14]

Mackensen viewed securing a breakthrough as the first phase of an operation, which would then lead to a Russian retreat from the Dukla Pass, and their positions north of the Vistula.[15]: 201 


In the early months of war on the Eastern Front, the German Eighth Army conducted a series of almost miraculous actions against the two Russian armies facing them. After surrounding and then destroying the Russian Second Army at the Battle of Tannenberg in late August, Paul von Hindenburg and Erich Ludendorff wheeled their troops to face the Russian First Army at the First Battle of the Masurian Lakes, almost destroying them before they reached the protection of their own fortresses as they retreated across the border.[16]

At the same time, the Austro-Hungarian Army launched a series of attacks collectively known as the Battle of Galicia that were initially successful but soon turned into a retreat that did not stop until reaching the Carpathian Mountains in late September. Over the next weeks, Russian troops continued to press forward into the Carpathian passes in the south of Galicia. In fierce winter fighting General Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, the chief of staff of the Austro-Hungarian Army, attacked the Russians in an attempt to push them back. Both sides suffered appallingly, but the Russians held their line.[17] By this time half of the Austro-Hungarian Army that had entered the war were casualties. Conrad pleaded for additional German reinforcements to hold the passes. German Chief of Staff Erich von Falkenhayn refused, but in April 1915 Conrad threatened a separate peace if the Germans would not help.[18]

According to Prit Buttar, "...it did seem as if the Russian Army had been gravely weakened by the recent campaigns...both AOK and OHL knew about Russian losses and difficulties with ammunition supply. Therefore, merely reducing the pressure on the k.u.k. Army would not be sufficient; Falkenhayn wished to strike a blow that would permanently diminish the ability of the Russian Army to mount offensives in future..." Falkenhayn wrote Conrad on 13 April, "Your excellency knows that I do not consider advisable a repetition of the attempt to surround the Russian extreme (right) wing. It seems to me just as ill-advised to distribute any more German troops on the Carpathian front for the sole purpose of supporting it. On the other hand, I should like to submit the following plan of operations for your consideration...An army of at least eight German divisions will be got ready with strong artillery here in the west, and entrained for Muczyn-Grybów-Bochnia, to advance from about the line Gorlice-Gromnik in the general direction of Sanok."

Conrad met Falkenhayn in Berlin on 14 April, where final details of Falkenhayn's plan were agreed upon, and two days later orders were issued for the creation of the Eleventh Army. According to Buttar, the Eleventh Army would consist of the "...Guards Corps reinforced by the 119th Division, XLI Reserve Corps reinforced by 11th Bavarian Infantry Division, and X Corps. Archduke Joseph Ferdinand's Fourth Army would be subordinated to the new German army. Eventually, 119th Infantry Division and 11th Bavarian Infantry Division were grouped together in Korps Kneussl, and additional troops in the form of the Austro-Hungarian VI Corps were added to the Eleventh Army." Buttar goes on to state, "Impressed by the resilience of German troops on the Western Front when the French attacked in late 1914 and again in early 1915, Falkenhayn had adopted the proposal of Oberst Ernst von Wrisberg...and ordered some divisions to give up one of their four regiments and to reduce their artillery batteries from six guns to four." These forces were used to create new divisions for the new Eleventh Army.[15]

Conrad had to bow to Falkenhayn's conditions. The joint attack would be by an Austro-German Army Group commanded by a German, whose orders from Falkenhayn would be transmitted via the Austro-Hungarian command. The Group would contain the Austro-Hungarian Fourth Army (eight infantry and one cavalry divisions) under Archduke Joseph Ferdinand, an experienced soldier. The Germans formed a new Eleventh Army made up of eight divisions, trained in assault tactics in the west. They were brought east on 500 trains.[19][15]: 179 

The Eleventh Army was led by the former commander of the German Ninth Army, General August von Mackensen, with Colonel Hans von Seeckt as chief of staff. They would be opposed by the Russian Third Army with 18½ infantry and five and a half cavalry divisions, under General D. R. Radko-Dmitriev. Mackensen was provided with a strong train of heavy artillery commanded by Generalmajor Alfred Ziethen, which included the huge German and Austro-Hungarian mortars that had crushed French and Belgian fortresses. Airplanes were provided to direct artillery fire, which was especially important since ammunition was short on both sides: only 30,000 shells could be stockpiled for the attack.[20] Another significant plus was the German field telephone service, which advanced with the attackers, thereby enabling front-line observers to direct artillery fire.[21] To increase their mobility on the poor roads, each German division was provided with 200 light Austro-Hungarian wagons with drivers.[22]

The German Eleventh Army was ready to start artillery operations by 1 May, with the Korps Kneussl deployed southwest of Gorlice, with the XLI Reserve Corps led by Hermann von François, Austro-Hungarian VI Corps led by Arthur Arz, and the Guards Corps led by Karl von Plettenberg, deployed south to north, while the X Corps was held in reserve. Joseph Ferdinand's Fourth Army was deployed north of the Germans at Gromnik. The Russian Third Army was deployed with the X Corps led by Nikolai Protopopov, XXI Corps led by Jakov Shchkinsky, and IX Corps led by Dmitry Shcherbachev, deployed south to north.[15]: 179–180, 186–187 

The battle[edit]

Falkenhayn moved German Supreme Headquarters, OHL (Oberste Heeresleitung), to Pless in Silesia, an hour's drive from Austrian headquarters. To prevent spying, the local inhabitants were moved out of the buildup area. In the north the German Ninth and Tenth armies made diversionary attacks that threatened Riga.[23] On 22 April, the Germans launched the first poison gas attack near Ypres, divulging what might have been a decisive weapon merely to distract the Allies in the west. Mackensen had ten infantry and one cavalry divisions (126,000 men, 457 light guns, 159 heavy pieces, and 96 mortars) along the 42 km (26 mi) length of the breakthrough sector. Facing him were five Russian divisions consisting of 60,000 men but desperately short on artillery. For fire support, the Russians could only count on 141 light artillery pieces and four heavy guns. One of the four burst as soon as the battle began.[24]

The Russian supreme commander, the Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholaevitch, learned that Germans had arrived on their flank but did not make a counter-move.[25]

On 1 May, the Central Powers’ artillery opened harassing fire, zeroing in their guns. The following morning at 0600 they began a sustained bombardment from field guns to heavy howitzers, at 0900 the mortars joined in. The huge mortar shells were especially terrifying, their blast killed men tens of meters from the explosion. The Russian fortifications were "... more ditches than trenches."[26] According to François, "The mortars began their destructive work. The ground trembled, hell seemed to be let loose." According to Arz, "Our tension peaked as the infantry set off from their assault positions precisely at 10 o'clock." Mackensen had already defined "lines that should be reached in a uniform and if possible simultaneous manner, without preventing the troops from collectively moving on to secure the next sector where possible." After the first day, Mackensen reported, So far, everything is proceeding well," and on 3 May he reported 12,000 prisoners had been captured. François reported, "Gorlice was almost demolished; the section of the town that had been fighting resembled a sea of ruins." Mackensen then issued orders for the advance upon the River Wisłoka as the next objective, which constituted the Russian third and final line of defense. In the meantime, Russian reserves in the form of the III Caucasian Corps, could not provide relief for at least a day. Yet, since this corps was committed to battle piecemeal, they proved of limited value in hindering the German advance.[15]: 183–188, 191–192 

Radko Dimitriev quickly sent two divisions to stem the Austro-German breakthrough, but they were utterly annihilated before they could even report back to headquarters. From the Russian point of view, both divisions simply disappeared from the map. On 3 May the Grand Duke Nicholas was sufficiently concerned to provide three additional divisions and to authorize a limited withdrawal. The Russian XII Corps near the Dukla Pass began its withdrawal, as did the XXIV Corps near Nowy Żmigród, signifying Russian control of the Carpathians was becoming ever more tenuous.[27][15]: 193 

The Korps Emmich 20th Infantry Division, Korps Kneussl was renamed after Otto von Emmich took over command, captured Nowy Żmigród. Using an intact bridge over the Wisłoka, this division was able to advance to Wietrzno. By 5 May the attackers were through the three trench lines that had opposed them, by 9 May they had reached all assigned objectives. Grand Duke Nicholas permitted a limited withdrawal, but rejected advice to construct a well fortified position far behind the frontline and then to pull back to it. At this point the Russian counterattacks grew ever more desperate, often throwing brand new recruits into battle, some armed only with grenades or wooden clubs.[28][15]: 190–193, 217 

On 6 May, Mackensen noted, "Along the entire line from the Vistula far into the Carpathians, the enemy is retreating. Today I calculate we already have 60,000 prisoners." By 11 May, Emmich's men had reached the outskirts of Sanok, while François' reached the San River, an advance of 60 miles (97 km) in ten days.[15]: 209  Mackensen's objective then became the securing of the San line, before advancing onwards to Rawa-Ruska. At this stage of the battle, according to Buttar, the Russian "X and XXIV Corps had effectively ceased to exist, while IX Corps had lost 80 per cent of its establishment strength," and the III Caucasian Corps had lost two thirds of its fighting strength. On 10 May, Vladimir Dragomirov had written Grand Duke Nichlolas, "The strategic position of our forces is hopeless. In particular, I consider it my duty to note the position of Fourth Army, which will become very dangerous if the enemy breaks through along the lower San."[15]: 204, 209–211 

German heavy siege mortars at Przemyśl.

On 12 May, Mackensen ordered bridgeheads established at Jaroslau and Radymno. By 15 May, Jaroslau had been captured and the Germans started crossing the San there on 17 May. Radymno was captured on 24 May. Dimitriev's Third Army XXI and XII Corps were transferred under the control of Aleksei Brusilov's Eighth Army in an attempt by Grand Duke Nicholas to stem the German breakthrough. Soon after, Dimitriev was dismissed, replaced by Leonid Lesh.[15]: 213–218, 221–222 

On 28 May, the German XLI Corps 81st Infantry Division captured Stubno and Nakło north of the Przemyśl Fortress. On 31 May, the Germans started capturing the forts surrounding the fortress, and Brusilov ordered its abandonment. Kneussl's 11th Bavarian Infantry Division marched in unopposed on 3 June. Lesh's Third Army then retreated to the Tanew River, while Brusilov's Eighth Army retreated towards Lemberg near Gródek. Furthermore, Brusilov was ordered to relinquish his V Caucasian and XXII Corps, so that the Third Army's could form a southern flank in combination with their II Cauciasian and XXIX Corps. This Third Army southern flank, led by Vladimir Olukhov, was supposed to prevent the 'Mackensen phalanx' from gaining any additional territory.[15]: 227–229, 236–237 

The Central Powers next objective was a continued advance towards the east from a bridgehead at Magierów, and the ultimate recapture of Lemberg, which would sever lines of communication between the Russian Northwest and Southwest Fronts. Mackensen would not only command his Eleventh Army but also the Austro-Hungarian Fourth Army, augmented with the X and XVII Corps, on his northern flank, and the Austro-Hungarian Second Army, augmented with the Beskidenkorps, on his southern flank. The Eleventh Army Order of battle, north to south, consisted of Karl von Behr's Corps, Emmich's X Corps, Eugen von Falkenhayn's XXII Reserve Corps, Plettenberg's Guards Corps, Arz's Austro-Hungarian VI Corps, and François' XLI Reserve Corps.[15]: 239–248, 257 

The attack commenced on 13 June, and by 17 June, the Germans had pushed the front line back 18 miles (29 km) to positions near Gródek. The German attack commenced again on 19 June, after the previous day was spent bringing forward their heavy artillery with matching aerial reconnaissance.[15]: 252–257  The Russians reverted to a headlong retreat, and on 21 June the Grand Duke Nicholas ordered abandonment of Galicia. On 22 June Mackensen's Austro-Hungarians entered Lemberg after an advance of 310 km (190 mi), an average rate of 5.8 km (3.6 mi) per day. The Galician oil fields, crucial for the German navy, were soon back in production and 480,000 tons of badly-needed oil was captured.[29]

Casualties and losses[edit]

Officially the Russian side announced the capture in May-June 1915 67,270 prisoners (of which 648 officers), 68 guns and 107 machine guns.[30] The Central Powers announced the capture in May-June 1915 in Galicia and Bukovina of 2 generals, 919 officers and 346,254 Russian soldiers, 344 guns, 767 machine guns. [31][32] If remove the declared number of prisoners from the total number of MIA, the number of KIA will be 152,742 for Russian Empire and 94,814 for Central Powers.[33]


Russian prisoners of war after the battle

Seeckt proposed that the Eleventh Army should advance north towards Brest-Litovsk, with their flanks shielded by the rivers Vistula and Bug.[34] Mackensen and Falkenhayn supported this strategy of attacking the Russian salient in Poland, and forcing a decisive battle. Ober Ost, led by Paul von Hindenburg and Erich Ludendorff, would attack towards the southeast, while Mackensen turned north, and the Austro-Hungarian Second Army attacked east.[15]: 265, 267, 273 

The Grand Duke Nicholas issued orders that yielded to the pressure step by step, evacuating both Galicia and the Polish salient to straighten out their front line, hoping to buy the time to acquire the weapons they so desperately needed, for example 300,000 rifles.[35] This enormous movement is known as the Great Retreat of 1915. Warsaw was evacuated and fell to the new Twelfth German Army on 5 August, and by the end of the month Poland was entirely in Austro-German hands. [36]

Order of Battle[edit]

Central Powers (arrayed north to south):

Austro-Hungarian 4th Army (Austro-Hungarian units unless otherwise indicated):

  • Combined Division “Stöger-Steiner”;
  • XIV Corps (German 47th Reserve Division, Group Morgenstern, 8th & 3rd Infantry Divisions);
  • IX corps (106th Landsturm & 10th Infantry Divisions);
  • In reserve behind IX Corps: 31st Infantry Brigade (“Szende Brigade”), 11th Honved Cavalry Division.

German 11th Army (German units unless otherwise indicated):

Austro-Hungarian 3rd Army,

  • X Corps (21st Landsturm, 45th Landsturm, 2nd Infantry & 24th Infantry Divisions)

Russian 3rd Army (north to south):

  • IX Corps (3 militia brigades, 3 regiments of 5th Infantry Division, 2 militia brigades, 3 regiments of 42nd Infantry Division, 70th Reserve Division, 7th Cavalry Division [in reserve]);
  • X Corps (31st Infantry & 61st Reserve Divisions, 3 regiments of 9th Infantry Division);
  • XXIV Corps (3 regiments of 49th Infantry Division, 48th Infantry Division & 176th (Perevolochensk) Infantry Regiment of 44th Infantry Division);
  • XII Corps (12th Siberian Rifle Division, 12th & 19th Infantry Divisions & 17th (Chernigov) Hussar Regiment);
  • XXI Corps (3 regiments of 33rd Infantry Division & 173rd (Kamenets) Regiment of 44th Infantry Division);
  • XXIX Corps (Brigade of 81st Infantry Division, 3rd Rifle Brigade, 175th (Batursk) Infantry Regiment of 44th Infantry Division & 132nd (Bender) Infantry Regiment of 33rd Infantry Division);
  • 11th Cavalry Division.

Behind the Russian front lines: Scattered across the rear of 3rd Army:

  • 3rd Caucasus Cossack Division, 19th (Kostroma) Infantry Regiment of 5th Infantry Division, 33rd (Elets) Infantry Regiment of 9th Infantry Division; 167th (Ostroisk) Infantry Regiment of 42nd Infantry Division;

Army Reserve:

  • Brigade of 81st Infantry Division, 3 regiments of 63rd Reserve Division, Composite Cavalry Corps (16th Cavalry Division (less 17th Hussar Regiment), 2nd Consolidated Cossack Division); 3rd Don Cossack Division

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 434
  2. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 434
  3. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 435
  4. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 435
  5. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 435-436
  6. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 435
  7. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 435
  8. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 435
  9. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 435
  10. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 435-440
  11. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 439 calculated according to Bayerische Staatliche Hauptarchiv. Abt. IV, Kriegsarchiv. 3. BIR. Bund 1. KTB 1915; 22. BIR. Bund 1. KTB 1915; 13. BRIR. Bund 1. KTB A; 18. BRIR. Bund 1. KTB; 19. Bund 2. Anlagen zum KTB bis 05. 08.1917; BRIR. 22. BRIR. Bund 1. KTB; 23. BRIR. Bund 9. efechtsberichte 08.06.1915-06.01.1917;Armee-Verordnungsblatt Nr .499 bis Nr. 618. Deutsche Verlustlisten 20. Mai bis 4. August 1915. Preussische Verlustlisten 228–292. Bayersche Verlustlisten 190 bis 207.
  12. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 439 calculated according to Oesterreichische Staatsarchiv, Kriegsarchiv. Etappenoberkommandos des AOK. Karton 2259. Statistische Daten ueber Verluste, bearb. im Kriegssstatistischen Buero. Verlusten-Karte der Nordarmeen Mai-Juni 1915
  13. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 438 calculated according to РГВИА ф. 2134. оп. 2. д. 424. л. 127. Сведения о потерях 8-й армии за 15 апреля–1 июля 1915 г.; ф. 2148. оп. 2. д. 66. л. 1–124. донесения о потерях в 11-й армии; ф. 2202. оп. 1. д. 325. л. 291–452. Сведения о потерях и составе 12-го армейского корпуса; ф. 2208. оп. 1. д. 406. л. 1–85. двухнедельные сведения о потерях 15-го армейского корпуса; ф. 2226. оп. 1. д. 569. л. 819–1443. донесения о потерях 24-го армейского корпуса; ф. 2236. оп. 1. д. 938. л. 78–158. донесения о потерях 29-го армейского корпуса; ф. 2242. оп. 1. д. 327. л. 1–398. Списки потерь 32-го армейского корпуса; ф. 2309. оп. 1. д. 222. л. 384–486. донесения о потерях 2-го кавалерийского корпуса; ф. 2311. оп. 1. д. 347. л. 18–88. донесения о потерях 3-го кавалерийского корпуса; ф. 3520. оп. 1. д. 237. л. 202–259. донесения о потерях в полках 10-й кавалерийской дивизии; ф. 3521. оп. 1. д. 173. л. 216–337. донесения о потерях в полках 11-й кавалерийской дивизии; ф. 3530. оп. 1. д. 102. л. 275–392. донесения о потерях в полках кавказской туземной конной дивизии; ф.5171. оп. 1. д. 23. л. 332–433. о потерях 1-й льготной кубанской казачьей дивизии; ф. 16196. оп. 1. л. 64–69, 71, 82–87, 103–108, 114–130, 195–198, 205–210, 251–268, 287–293, 296, 323–345, 361–366, 368–374, 387–391, 407, 421–423, 426–433, 464–474, 481–485, 504, 512–515, 520–525, 526–535, 720–738; 803–808, 826–848, 985–986, 1029–1030, 1038, 1044, 1057, 1061, 1063, 1082–1084, 1093, 1099, 1100, 1102, 1122, 1140, 1161–1163, 1165–1175. Именные списки убитых, раненых, пропавших без вести (по полкам) за апрель-июнь 1915 г.
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  16. ^ Buttar, Prit (2014). Collision of Empires. The War on the Eastern Front in 1914. Oxford: Osprey. pp. 110–246.
  17. ^ Herwig, Holger L. (1997). The First World War, Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914–1918. London: Arnold. p. 136.
  18. ^ Foley, Robert T. (2005). German strategy and the path to Verdun: Erich von Falkenhayn and the development of attrition, 1870-1916. Cambridge University Press. p. 129.
  19. ^ DiNardo, Robert L. (2010). The Gorlice-Tarnow campaign, 1915. Praeger. p. 7.
  20. ^ DiNardo, 2010, p.49.
  21. ^ DiNardo, 2010, pp. 139-140
  22. ^ Bittar, Prit (2015). Germany Ascendant, The Eastern Front 1915. Oxford: Osprey. pp. 164–168, 172–173, 180.
  23. ^ Foley, 2005, p. 133.
  24. ^ Golovine, Nicholas N. (1931). The Russian Army in the World War. Oxford. p. 220.
  25. ^ Robinson (2014). Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich. Supreme commander of the Russian Army. De Kalb, IL: NIU Press. p. 230.
  26. ^ Stone, Norman (1998) [1975]. The Eastern Front 1914–1917. London: Penguin. pp. 92, 135. ISBN 0140267255.
  27. ^ Robinson, 2014, p. 233.
  28. ^ DiNardo, 2010, pp. 62,75.
  29. ^ DiNardo, 2010, p. 99.
  30. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 440
  31. ^ Amtliche Kriegsdepesche (Telegrafen-Bureuo Wolff). O. O., O. J. Bd. 2. c. 675, 709–710, 720, 738.
  32. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 441
  33. ^ Journal of the Institute and Museum of Military History, №130, 2017, p. 440-441
  34. ^ DiNardo, 2010, pp. 106-107.
  35. ^ Robinson, 2014, p.240.
  36. ^ Stone, Norman (1975) The Eastern Front 1914–1917

Further reading[edit]

  • DiNardo, Richard L. (2010) Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, Praeger, Santa Barbara, California
  • Foley, R.T. (2007) [2005]. German Strategy and the Path to Verdun: Erich von Falkenhayn and the Development of Attrition, 1870–1916 (pbk. ed.). Cambridge: CUP. ISBN 978-0-521-04436-3.
  • Stone, David (2015). The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. ISBN 9780700620951.
  • Stone, Norman (1975) The Eastern Front 1914–1917, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London: 348 pp.
  • Tunstall, Graydon J. (2010) Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°42′N 21°12′E / 49.7°N 21.2°E / 49.7; 21.2