Anti aircraft fire near St. Isaac’s Cathedral against a German air raid during the Siege of Leningrad, 1941.
The blockade and encirclement of Leningrad was one of the longest and most horrific sieges in history, lasting 872 days between September 8th 1941 and January 27th 1944, when the weakened Axis forces were expelled by the Soviet Leningrad-Novgorod Offensive after a two week battle.
More than one million Soviet civilians and soldiers have perished during the siege.
Book suggestions ⤵️
📖 Leningrad: A History From Beginning to End (Hourly History, 2017)
📖 Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941-1944 (Anna Reid, 2011)