Masurian Lakes

Masurian Lakes

 

a group of lakes in northeastern Poland, located in the central part of the Masurian Lake Region. The lakes, usually occupying intermoraine depressions, have a total area of 310 sq km; the largest lakes are Sniardwy (113.8 sq km) and Mamry (104 sq km). Their maximum depth is 40 m (Lakes Mamry and Niegocin). The Masurian Lakes form a chain of inland water bodies linked by streams and canals. They flow into the Vistula and Pregel basins.

The lakes are used for sailing and fishing, chiefly zander, eels, and pike; they abound in waterfowl. There are sanatoriums along the shores, and the area is a popular tourist spot. During World War I the region was the site of bloody battles between the Russian and German armies in 1914-15.

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He then bought a small yacht and sailed around the Masurian lakes in northern Poland, before hitchhiking to India to teach English to children afflicted with leprosy for six months.
Contract award: Construction and purchase of specialized sets of floating - in order to ensure the safety of navigation on the Great Masurian Lakes, by adapting marking for shipping hour - for the Regional Board in Warsaw.
Firth Szczecin 5-6 30-35 Volgogradskoe Reservoir 7-9 30 Masurian lakes 5 n.
There are many other fascinating areas in Poland, including the Great Masurian Lakes in the northeast, the Baltic coast, the Biebrzanski National Park which teems with wild life and Torun, the home of the revolutionary astronomer tier Copernicus.
In fact the region is called the Land of the Great Masurian Lakes and it is a popular holiday destination for Poles in summer.
In the east, Russia launched an immediate offensive, which was met by capable German generals, who wiped out a Russian army at the Battle of Tannenberg and the Battle of the Masurian Lakes.
Principal battles: Masurian Lakes II (1915); the Somme (1916); Aisne and Champagne (1917).
Principal battles: Tannenberg (Stebark), Masurian Lakes I (1914); Masurian Lakes II (1915); operations in Macedonia (1916-1917); Caporetto (Kobarid) (1917).
Principal battles: Koniggratz (Hradec Kralove) (1866); Saint-Privat (1870); Tannenburg (Stebark) (1914); Masurian Lakes (1914); Lodz (1914); Gorlice-Tarnow (1915); the Somme II, the Lys, the Aisne offensives (1918).
Principal battles: Liege, Tannenberg (Stebark), Masurian Lakes, Lodz (1914); Gorlice-Tarnow (1915); Somme II, Lys, Aisne offensive (1918).
Principal campaigns and battles: Gumbinnen (Gusev), Tannenberg (Stebark), Masurian Lakes I, Lodz (1914); Gorlice-Tarnow, Serbia (1915); Romania (1916).
Principal battles: Stalluponen (Nesterov), Gumbinnen (Gusev), Masurian Lakes (1914); Lodz (1915).