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Tannenberg is a standalone expansion and sequel to the multiplayer shooter Verdun, and thus the second part in the WWI Game Series by Blackmill Games. It was inspired by the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg - one of history's most iconic cauldron battles. This time the authentic battles take place on the Eastern Front, where the Central Powers were fighting Russia. Compared to the Western Front, the bad in the First World War here was not static trench warfare, but more mobile and dynamic, which is also reflected in the gameplay of Tannenberg In new multiplayer modes, up to 64 players are to compete against each other. Players can use a selection of authentically modeled equipment brought into the field by the Russian Frontovik and Cossacks, Latvian riflemen, or the Romanians, or join the Central Powers to serve in a K. u. k. Trupp of Austria-Hungary, in the German Infanterie, or with the Bulgarians-
Similar to the Western Front, which was released in 2015, the "Maneuver" mode is the heart of the battles, with battles staged across different sectors of the map.
The battlefields of the Eastern Front offer plenty of variety: from swampy marshlands to barren mountain ridges to denser forests, everything is there, and the squad mechanics seem solid as well: each squad consists of four soldiers who are set to their role (e.g. officer, grenadier, rifleman, etc.). Each soldier brings an experience value to their squad, which also fulfills one of four roles on the battlefield, unlocking new uniforms as the game progresses to match the war's progression. Only the NCOs can give specific orders to their squad, and there is also a neat communication system to communicate enemies and attack directions to their own soldiers.
Like Verdun all weapons have been carefully designed based on research in the literature and, where possible, real weapons used in the reenactment of war. The weapon mechanics remain largely the same. The only differences are that there are only bolt action rifles as the main weapons. Machine guns can only be used stationary near flag points. In addition, three single-shot rifles were introduced.
The following weapons appear in the video game Tannenberg:
The third stage of the armament of the Leitnants and Grenadieris of the Latvian Riflemen squad have access to the American M1911 Pistol. The use of this pistol was not uncommon on the Eastern Front of WWI, since Russia ordered a large stock of it via the United Kingdom. Recognizable by the Cyrillic text on the side which can be translated as "English order".
The Frommer Stop is available when unlocking the third Tier for the K.u.K. Trupp's grenadier class, the Gránátos. The in-game K.u.K. Trupp only consists of Hungarians (K.u.K. stands for Kaiser- und Königlich, Imperial and Royal, and is the abbreviation for the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary), which should distinguish them from the German allies.
The Luger P08 is a sidearm only usable for the German Infanterie squad member, the Richtschütze. Despite this, the Bulgarian third stage Leutenant and second stage Ghrnatohvurgatsch can also be equipped with a Luger Pistol.
The Mauser C96 is an available pistol for the German Empire (Feldwebel and Grenadier) and the Bulgarian officer class.
The Roth-Steyr M1907 pistol came into the game with the March 2018 update. It is only used by the Gránátos after selecting the second rank.
The Altiszt and Irányzó classes of the K.u.K. Trupp can use the Steyr M1912 at the first stage of armament. The Romanian Subofițer NCO at the first stage is also armed with this pistol.
MAS Mle. 1892
The Mle 1892 Revolver is available with the May 2018 Romanian update for the Subofițer, Vânător, and Grenadier classes. The Romanian use of this revolver comes from the French military mission (1916-1918) to aid it to fight the Central Powers.
The Nagant M1895 with accurate rounded front sight is used by both Russian squads, the Cossacks (Tier II Razvedchik and Prorivayuschiy) and Frontovik (Tier I Unter-Ofitser and Tier III Grenadyer). It is also the first usable sidearm for the Latvian Leitnants, StrēLnieks, and Grenadieris before unlocking the Colt M1911 pistol. The Tier I equipment of the Bulgarian Kartechar support gunner also includes a Nagant 1895.
Rast & Gasser 1898
The Rast & Gasser 1898 is exclusively available for the Austro-Hungarian Altiszt NCO class after unlocking the Tier III equipment.
At the second Tier of the Richtschüptze, the Reichsrevolver M1883 can be used which is the only revolver for the Germans in-game.
Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian Model
The Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model appears in-game as "the Smith & Wesson No. 3" and is available for both Russian officer and gunner classes. Two squad roles of the Bulgarians, the Kartechar and Ghrnatohvurgatsch, are also able to use a Smith & Wesson revolver.
Arisaka Type 30
The Japanese Arisaka Type 30 rifle was brought into the game with an update and can be equipped with the Type 30 bayonet. As a part of the shortage of rifles during the start of WWI, Russia supplied/purchased around three-hundred thousand "Rifle, Magazine, .256in Pattern 1900" rifles from Great Britain. This appearance in British service was because of the 1902 Anglo-Japanese Alliance. It is available for the Latvian Riflemen and Russian Frontovik squad.
Arisaka Type 38
The improved Arisaka Type 38 was added with the 2019 "Latvian Expansion". Despite the fact that it still uses the 6.5x50mm cartridge, it is strengthened and is fitted with a dust cover. In 1914, Russia purchased a huge stock from Japan and in 1916, Britain, called "Rifle, Magazine, .256in Pattern 1907", also sold a large number to Russia as well. Another purchase was the 7x57mm Mexican Arisaka rifles, which weren't delivered to Mexico in 1911 due to the Revolution. Despite the improvements, it has the same stats as the Type 30.
Berdan No. 2
The single-shot Berdan No. 2 Rifle came into the game with the release; available for the Bulgarian Tier III Kartechar and Russian Strelok classes. It appears as the "Berdana obr. 1870G Berdan II" and has an M1870 bayonet. During the First World War, this rifle was given to second-line units to overcome the great weapon shortage.
Berthier Mle. 1907/15
The Berthier 1907-15 is also an available rifle for the Romanians after reaching the third stage for the Vânător support class.
The updated Gewehr 1888/05, which is able to use Mauser stripper clips instead of en-blocs, is the last unlockable rifle for the German Schütze. The G88/05 can be equipped with a Seitengewehr 98/05 which is correct since the G88 did not have a standard bayonet. Much older bayonets were also used such as the SG 71, 71/84, and 88/98.
The Karabiner 1888 carbine version of the earlier Gewehr 1888 can also be used by the German officer and support roles. In the Rifle Deathmatch mode, it is one of two rifles that could be equipped with a Goerz 3X Custom scope.
Lebel Mle. 1886 M93
The French Lebel 1886 rifle came in with the Romanian update for the rifleman class only. Having a magazine capacity of 8 rounds, the reload time is the highest of all rifles in-game.
The Bulgarian rifleman can use the Martini-Henry rifle. It appears as the "M1879 Peabody-Martini" and can be equipped with a British P1876 bayonet. On the right side of the receiver, it has a "Română Arma Md. 1895" stamp.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
The Mauser Gewehr 1898 is a playable rifle for all German Infaterie units. It is also the first gun unlocked in the Rifle Deathmatch mode in which it can be either equipped with a 20-round Grabenmagazin (trench magazine) or a Goerz 3X Custom scope.
Mauser Karabiner 98AZ
The Mauser 98AZ Carbine appears as the "Karabiner 98AZ" and is selectable for the German Schütze, Richtschütze, and Grenadier classes. Like in Verdun, the fire rate is higher than the Gewehr 98.
The Mannlicher M1893 rifle came in also with the Romanian update and is called "Pusca Romana Model 1893" in-game. Unlike the other Mannlicher rifles in-game, it has a strengthened turning-bolt action but uses the "en-bloc" system. It can be equipped with an M1893 bayonet and is playable for all Romanian classes.
The carbine version of the M93, issued to artillery and cavalry units, is also available for the Romanian Subofițer and Grenadier classes. It gives the player character more mobility.
Mosin Nagant M1891
The Mosin Nagant M91 is available for all Russian Frontovik squad members and the Romanian Vânător support gunner.
The Dragoon variant is only issued for the Russian Cossacks squad in-game. The fire rate and reload time are slightly better than the M91 infantry variant.
Mosin-Nagant M1907 Carbine
The Cossacks and the Latvian Riflemen have access to the Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine.
Steyr Mannlicher M1888-90
The Mannlicher M1888-90 rifle is available for the Austro-Hungarian K.u.K. Trupp and the Bulgarian squads. It bears the designation "Infanterie Repetiergewehr M.88-90".
The carbine variant of the M88-90 is available exclusively for Bulgaria. It is referred to as "Karabina Mannlicher obr. 1890G" and can be equipped with an M1917 "Ersatz" bayonet. Its stopping power is a bit less effective than the rifle variant, but it can score with its faster fire rate.
Steyr Mannlicher M1895
All Austro-Hungarian classes can use Steyr Mannlicher M1895 as their standard first rifle which appears as the "Infanterie Repetiergewehr M.95" in-game. It is also available for the two Bulgarian Voinik and Kartechar classes.
The Repetier-Stutzen Carbine is only available for the K.u.K. Trupp's support gunner at Tier III with an M95 bayonet. This carbine was issued to special troops inside the Austro-Hungarian army.
The Swiss-Italian Vetterli-Vitali M1870/87, added with the Latvian Update, is playable exclusively for the Romania rifleman and appears in the game with its real name.
The single-shot Werndl M1873/77 came into the game with a free update for the K.u.K. Trupp. Appears as the "Werndl M1873/77" and has an M1877 sword bayonet. Its reload time is more quickly than the Martini-Henry.
Winchester Model 1895
The Russian modified Winchester Model 1895 appears as the "Winchester M1915" and is available for both Russian and Latvian squads.
Unlike Verdun, machine guns in Tannenberg are only available as stationary heavy defense weapons with shields and 250-round ammo boxes. So these are the only automatic weapons in the game.
Maxim MG 08
The Maxim MG08 is the standard stationary heavy machine gun for the German Empire and appears as the "Maschinengewehr 08".
The Maxim M1910 is the Russian Empire's emplaced MG. Appears simply as the "Maxim Machine Gun".
Schwarzlose Model 07/12
The Schwarzlose Machine Gun Model 07/12 is the heavy machine gun for the Austro-Hungarian, Bulgarian and Romanian forces. The in-game model is a post-WWI Romanian variant with an extended barrel and cooling jacket chambered in 7.92x57mm Mauser.
Vickers Mk. I
British Vickers machine guns can be seen mounted in Russo-Balt Type Armoured Car.
F1 Mle. 1916
The French F1 Mle 1916 Billant is the standard grenade for the Romanian Infantry squad.
The Handnebelbombe smoke grenade was added with the 2019 "Latvian Expansion" and is available for the Central Powers. Appears as the "Type N Nebelbombe".
M1912 Lantern Grenade
The M1912 ''Lantern'' Grenade is only available for the Cossacks.
M1917 Chemical Hand Grenade
The M1917 Chemical Hand Grenade appears as the "M1917 Chemical Grenade" and is playable for two Cossacks classes. It was added with the 2019 "Latvian Expansion".
Model 15 Stielhandgranate
The Model 15 Stielhandgranate is the standard grenade for the German Empire and Bulgaria.
Model 16 Stielhandgranate
Like the previous game, the Model 16 Stielhandgranate appears incorrectly as the "Stielhandgranate M17" and is only available as a Geballte Ladung. Despite this, some player characters have single M16s hanging on their belt.
The Russian RG-14 comes in two variants, HE and Frag, and appears as the M1914 "Battle Grande".
The Rohr Handgranate (alt) and (neu) are available for the Austro-Hungarian forces.
7.58 cm Leichter Minenwerfer
Various 7.58 cm Minenwerfer can be seen on the battlefields.
76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902
The 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902 are seen on the maps.
10.5 cm leFH 16
10.5 cm Feldhaubitze 98/09
15 cm Feldhaubitze M.14
21 cm Mörser 10
21 cm Mörser 10 heavy howitzers are also seen on the maps. This early model has a shorter barrel than its 1916 successor.
30.5 cm Mörser M.11
Canon de 75 mm Mle. 1897
The icons containing the Browning M1917 return from Verdun. This time they also appear on three achievements.