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BLOCKADE OF LENINGRAD, September 1941 - January 1944THE BESIEGED CITY RESISTED THE ENEMY FOR 872 DAYS

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Deadly Fight for Pushkin
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RESCUE OF PRAGUE, May 1945
Vladimir Gall,
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ORDER OF VICTORY
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Leningrad came under daily air raids and artillery fire

Leningrad came under daily air raids and artillery fire

In the summer of 1941, Leningrad held overall mobilization. Tens of  thousands of residents defended their city with weapons in hands

In the summer of 1941, Leningrad held overall mobilization. Tens of thousands of residents defended their city with weapons in hands

Thousands of people died of hunger every day. The total death toll  of residents exceeded 633,000

Thousands of people died of hunger every day. The total death toll of residents exceeded 633,000

<p style="text-align: justify">One of the horrifying testimonies of the nightmare that Leningrad  residents lived through is the diary of Tanya Savicheva, a 12-yearold  girl who saw her grandmother, two uncles, mother, brother and  sister die. When the evacuation of children began, she was taken  out of the city via the Road of Life, but aid came too late. Tanya  died of inanition.</p>

One of the horrifying testimonies of the nightmare that Leningrad residents lived through is the diary of Tanya Savicheva, a 12-yearold girl who saw her grandmother, two uncles, mother, brother and sister die. When the evacuation of children began, she was taken out of the city via the Road of Life, but aid came too late. Tanya died of inanition.

The siege of Leningrad (St. Petersburg), the U.S.S.R.’s second largest city and former capital of the Russian Empire, was an example of the courage and fortitude of civilians.

The Nazis failed to seize the city immediately and surrounded Leningrad in September 1941, cutting it off from food supply channels and dooming it to starvation.

Hitler’s directive sent to the commander of German troops near Leningrad said: “It’s necessary to surround the city with a close circle and to raze it to the ground through all-caliber artillery fire and incessant air bombings. If the city makes requests on surrender due to the situation, they will be turned down as problems connected with the city’s population and its food supply cannot and must not be resolved by us. In this war waged for the right to existence we are not interested in preserving any part of the population.”

In October 1941, Leningrad residents felt the lack of food, and real starvation started in the city in November. People fainted from hunger on the street and at work, and then started dying of inanition.

The hardest period of the blockade fell on January-March 1942. More than 4,000 people died every day of hunger and cold.

The situation improved when the Soviet troops managed to organize foodstuff supplies via the Road of Life – a lifeline over the ice of Lake Ladoga. However, the route could only be used in wintertime.

The blockade ended after the Nazis were defeated near Leningrad in December 1943 - January 1944.

In the fall of 1941, Churchill asked Stalin to sink the Soviet Baltic Fleet in case Leningrad surrenders. This would have prevented Hitler from using trophy Soviet ships for landing operations in Britain.

 

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