Events for Wednesday 27th January 2021
On This Day in History
Siege of Leningrad lifted27th January 1944
The Siege of Leningrad, also known as The Leningrad Blockade, was a prolonged military operation by the Axis powers to capture Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) during World War II. The siege started on 8th September 1941, when the last land connection to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, the total lifting of the siege took place on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began.
Further ReadingLeningrad Under Siege
(Hardback - 224 pages)
by Daniil Granin
Leningrad was under siege for almost three years, and the first winter of that siege was one of the coldest on record. The Russians had been taken by surprise by the Germans' sudden onslaught in June 1941.
This book tells the story of that long, bitter siege… Read more...