GERMANY: The Wind from Tauroggen

Near the East Prussian border with Lithuania stood the windmill of Tauroggen. Inside sat a disgusted Prussian general. He was about to commit treason. Across the table sat a Russian general, in command of Russia's forces in the Baltic. The Prussian had orders to take Riga, but he promised the Russians to sit out the war.

His name was Hans David Ludwig Yorck and the date was Dec. 30, 1812. Prussia was an ally of Napoleon at the time. The treasonable document he signed became known as the Convention of Tauroggen after Prussia...

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