Before the terrible siege, Leningrad had 2.5 million residents. The population was reduced to 800,000.
Residents died from starvation, disease, and exposure as a result of the blockade.
The siege took place during the Second World War and is one of the longest and most destructive blockades in history.
In some instances, it has been classified as genocide. Approximately 1.5 million people were killed during the siege.
The city’s water and food supply were cut off, which led to extreme famine. The siege began on 8th September 1941.
It ended after two years, on 27th January 1944. The residents were freed after two years of starvation, disease, and psychological torture.
The Siege Of Leningrad
At the beginning of World War II, Adolf Hitler was successful in taking France. He became eager to take the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Union was successful in holding on to their East position, owing to their success to a large number of red army troops under their command.
However, most of their army was untrained. Hitler viewed the Soviet Union as just more area for Germans to occupy.
Furthermore, he still wanted to continue with his racist massacre against the Jewish.
His army came up with a strategy that was known as “Operation Barbarossa.”
The plan was for the invasion of the Soviet Union, with approximately 80% of German’s army put to the task.
The strategy plan was to attack the three major cities of the Soviet Union. Leningrad, Moscow, and Ukraine. Joseph Stalin and his army were not prepared for the attack.
By the summer of 1941, the German invasion of the Soviet Union had reached Leningrad, which was the second-largest city of the Union.
The German troops created a blockade around the town, shutting it out from the outside world.
The entire able-bodied population of the town was put to task in protecting the city’s perimeter so that the German army would not enter.