Thursday, September 8, 2011

Siege of Leningrad

Leningrad (St. Petersburg): Kanal Griboyedova, Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ / I.A. Daglis

70 years ago: The Siege of Leningrad by the German and Finish Armies started on 8 September 1941, when the last land connection to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, lifting of the siege took place on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history and one of the most costly in terms of casualties.
Hitler with Finland's Marshal Carl Gustav Mannerheim and President Risto Ryti; meeting in Imatra, Finland, 200 km north-west of Leningrad, in 1942.

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