By Michael Jones
During the famed 900-day siege of Leningrad, the German excessive Command intentionally deliberate to eliminate the city's inhabitants via hunger. Viewing the Slavs as sub-human, Hitler launched into a vicious software of ethnic detoxification. by the point the siege resulted in January 1944, virtually 1000000 humans had died. those that survived will be marked completely via what they persisted because the urban descended into chaos.
In Leningrad, army historian Michael Jones chronicles the human tale of this epic siege. Drawing on newly on hand eyewitness bills and diaries, he finds the genuine horrors of the ordeal—including tales long-suppressed through the Soviets of looting, legal gangs, and cannibalism. yet he additionally exhibits the enormous mental assets on which the voters of Leningrad drew to outlive opposed to determined odds. on the top of the siege, for example, a rare concert of Shostakovich's 7th Symphony profoundly bolstered the city's will to resist.
A riveting account of 1 of the main harrowing sieges of global background, Leningrad additionally portrays the remarkable energy of the human will within the face of even the direst catastrophe.
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Timeline The siege of Leningrad – popularly known as the 900 days – lasted 872 days, from 8 September 1941, when the Germans first blockaded the city, to 27 January 1944, when their armies were finally repulsed from Leningrad. Here are some of the key dates. 22 June 1941: Germany invades the Soviet Union. 26 June: Manstein’s LVI Panzer Corps seizes the Dvina bridges. 8 July: Hoepner’s Fourth Panzer Group breaches the Stalin Line at Pskov. 11 July: Marshal Kliment Voroshilov is appointed commander of the North-Western Front and takes over Leningrad’s defence.
Leeb always liked to stress the importance of speed. ’ he would say. ‘Don’t stop for anything. ’ Hoepner was an enthusiastic practitioner of Leeb’s adage. A cavalryman in the First World War, the fifty-five-year-old general later became one of the first advocates of fast-moving armoured warfare, and had been given command of his own Panzer corps in 1938. Hoepner was originally critical of Hilter’s aggressive foreign policy, but all that changed after the Führer’s dramatic victory in France in 1940.
They are the embodiment of the infernal, of personified hatred of everything that is noble humanity. In the shape of these commissars, we witness the revolt of the subhuman against the noble blood. In Barbarossa, Hitler envisioned a special role for Küchler and his Eighteenth Army. They would spearhead a German assault on Leningrad. Leningrad would have been a target for any invasion force. The city – originally named St Petersburg after its founder, Peter the Great – was formed in 1703 in the crucible of Peter’s great northern war with Sweden, a war bitterly fought for domination of the Baltic Sea.
Leningrad : state of siege by Michael Jones