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Siege of Leningrad

8 September 1941 – 27 January 1944 blockade of Leningrad by the Axis

The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade, was a siege in Leningrad during World War II. The siege started on 8 September 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow path to the city on 18 January 1943, the siege was only stopped on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It is thought of as one of the most destructive sieges ever to happen. It was possibly the heaviest in terms of casualties, killing over 1 million innocent people. Also, because of the siege, no food was allowed to enter Leningrad, leaving the residents to eat things such as:

  • Cats
  • Sawdust
  • Horses
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Human flesh (e.g babies)
  • Anything that could be salvaged and was edible

Because of the German operations, no people or supply trucks were allowed to enter or leave the city, leaving the occupants without food often for weeks or months.