#TodayInHistory The Siege of Leningrad ends in 1944, after 872 days, one of the longest ever sieges, that devastated the city, led to the death of more than a million civilians, and was one of the major defeats for the German army.
Leningrad, along with Stalingrad, and Moscow would be the major turning points of the War, as the Wehrmacht, lost due to the biting cold,winter and the dogged resistance, counter attack by the Red Army.
Hitler was so confident of the victory, that he even printed invitations for victory celebrations. He actually wanted the city to be totally razed to the ground, as it was a major industrial center, for the Soviet Union.
The most devastating effect of the Siege of Leningrad would be on it's civilians, who were forced into starvation. There were reports of cannibalism just to survive. The bitter cold, winter, compounded the misery even more.
For most of 1941-42, the German Army had encircled the city, cutting off all food supplies, and transport, bombing most of the buildings. It was Operation Iskra by the Red Army, that finally managed to break the siege.
However even as the Wehrmacht retreated from the city, they indulged in large scale looting of it's palaces, especially Catherine Palace, Gatchina place, as precious art treasures were taken away.

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