Wednesday, January 12, 2005

On this day in military 1943

On this day in military history….in 1943. The Russians finally penetrate the siege of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). When the Germans invaded Russian in June, 1941, Leningrad was one of the most important objectives for the subjugation of Russia, right behind Moscow. When the Germans failed in their attempt to take the city, they decided to lay siege to the city and wait the Russians out. After the Russians penetrated the siege, they were able to supply the city by driving supplies by truck was over frozen Lake Ladoga. The siege lasted from 8 September 1941 to 18 January 1944 and around 1.1 million citizens died. Because of the siege, Leningrad was the first city to be awarded the title Hero City for outstanding heroism during the Great Patriotic War.


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