READ FULL STORY -- How Leningrad Defied Odds for 900 Days! The Incredible Story of Endurance and Liberation

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On January 27, 1944, Soviet forces decisively broke through the Leningrad siege line, bringing an end to the nearly 900-day German-enforced containment of the city, a period marked by the loss of hundreds of thousands of Russian lives.


The siege commenced on September 8, 1941. In response, the resilient citizens of Leningrad swiftly constructed antitank fortifications, establishing a formidable defense. However, this effort resulted in the city being cut off from crucial resources, particularly from the Soviet interior, notably Moscow. By 1942, an estimated 650,000 residents of Leningrad had tragically succumbed to starvation, disease, exposure, and injuries inflicted by relentless German artillery bombardment.

Intermittent relief came in the form of barges during the summer months and ice-borne sleds in the winter. Despite these efforts, approximately a million of Leningrad's vulnerable—its young, sick, and elderly—were evacuated, leaving around 2 million inhabitants to ration meager supplies and cultivate every available patch of ground for vegetables.

On January 12, Soviet defenses successfully pierced the siege, breaking the German encirclement and facilitating the arrival of much-needed supplies via Lake Ladoga. The siege officially concluded after 872 days (though often referred to as the 900-day siege), following a Soviet counteroffensive that pushed the German forces westward.

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