Photos of besieged Leningrad 1941-1944 (in memoriam)

On January 27 Russia marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad (today’s St.Petersburg), which lasted for 872 days and cost more than 1 million lives of the residents of the besieged city, having to overcome hunger, cold and bombings, and 1 more million soldiers and officers of the Soviet Army’ Leningradsky Front, killed confronting the Nazis in the outskirts of the city. The siege of Leningrad started on September 8, 1941, and the city was completely liberated two and a half years later, on January 27, 1944. The siege of Leningrad is an example of unprecedented courage and staunchness of both the army and civilians. It is not only one of the most tragic pages in the history of WWII, but also one that has affected the entire world.

Today we are publishing a series of piercing photos taken in blockaded Leningrad in 1941-1944.

First victims of German bombardments, September 1941. Corner of Nevsky and Ligovsky prospects.
First victims of German bombardments, September 1941. Corner of Nevsky and Ligovsky Avenues.
Women digging anti-tank ditch nearby Leningrad, Autumn 1941
Women digging anti-tank ditch nearby Leningrad, Autumn 1941
Air bomb crater on Fontanka bank.
Air bomb crater on Fontanka emb.
Two women in a bombed lodging in Leningrad.
Two women in a bombed lodging in Leningrad.
 The trolleybuses at standstill on the Nevsky Avenue without electricity supply, December 1941
The trolleybuses at standstill on the Nevsky Avenue without electricity supply, December 1941
Siege survivers being evacuated via the Road of Life on Ladoga Lake, the only connection link to the Russian-controlled territory.
Siege survivers being evacuated via the Road of Life on Ladoga Lake, the only connection link to the Russian-controlled territory.
City dwellers taking water in Neva river, December 1941
City dwellers taking water in Neva river, December 1941
New Year 1942 celebration in a children hospital in blockaded Leningrad
New Year 1942 celebration in a children hospital in blockaded Leningrad
Gathering corpses buried in snow at Volkov cementry, Spring 1942
Gathering corpses buried in snow at Volkov cemetery, Spring 1942
Leningrad. Early spring of 1942. Farewell to a classmate.
Leningrad. Early spring of 1942. Farewell to a classmate.
A dystrophic woman in Leningrad, 1942
A dystrophic woman in Leningrad, 1942
City residents are digging the ground in front of Isaak Cathedral to plant vegetables
City residents are digging the ground in front of the Isaak Cathedral to plant vegetables, Spring 1942
Antiaircraft defense emplacement on Universitetskaya emb, Summer 1942
Antiaircraft defense emplacement on Universitetskaya emb, Summer 1942
School-lesson in a bomb-shelter, 1942
School-lesson in a bomb-shelter, 1942
Barrage balloons on Nevsky Avenue
Barrage balloons on Nevsky Avenue
Assembling automatic guns at a Leningrad factory
Assembling automatic guns at a Leningrad factory
Deactivated German air bomb on a Leningrad street.
Deactivated German air bomb on a street of Leningrad.
Blockade is lifted! January 1944
Blockade is lifted! January 1944

Source of the photos: War Album

Translation by ORIENTAL REVIEW

2 Comments

  1. God bless the Russian people. Long live the Russian people.

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