Siege of Leningrad

Two young girls help assemble Soviet submachine guns during the Siege of Leningrad
Two young girls help assemble Soviet submachine guns during the Siege of Leningrad

Historical Context

The Siege of Leningrad was one of the deadliest and most destructive sieges in the history of the world - quite possibly the deadliest ever. It would last for 872 days, and there would be more than a million Soviet civilian casualties, plus another million Soviet military casualties and half a million German casualties.

The effect of the siege on the city was infamous. Food shortages were chronic, deaths from starvation, disease and cold were constant and cannibalism occurred throughout the years of the siege. The number of deaths in Leningrad was the single largest loss of life ever known in a modern city.

The Soviets managed to break the siege on 18 January 1943 by opening a narrow land corridor, but it would not be fully lifted until 27 January 1944 when they managed to fully repel the Germans on their drive west.

Photo Info


Photographer: Unknown
Location taken: Leningrad, Soviet Union

Related Events

  • 1941-08-30 Siege of Leningrad by German troops begins during WWII
  • 1943-01-18 Soviets announce they have broken the long siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany by opening a narrow land corridor, though the siege would not be fully lifted until a year later
  • 1944-01-27 Siege of Leningrad lifted by the Soviets after 880 days and more than 2 million Russians killed

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