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900-day siege of Leningrad

January 27, 13:30 UTC+3
On January 27, 1944 Soviet army liberated Leningrad from the siege
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Barrage balloons, used to defend against low-level aircraft attacks, at Saint Isaac's Square, Leningrad
Barrage balloons, used to defend against low-level aircraft attacks, at Saint Isaac's Square, Leningrad
Barrage balloons, used to defend against low-level aircraft attacks, at Saint Isaac's Square, Leningrad
© Fotokhronika TASS
Children from an orphanage evacuated during the siege of Leningrad
Children from an orphanage evacuated during the siege of Leningrad
Children from an orphanage evacuated during the siege of Leningrad
© Fotokhronika TASS
Soldiers patroling the city down the Neva River at night, 1942
Soldiers patroling the city down the Neva River at night, 1942
Soldiers patroling the city down the Neva River at night, 1942
© Fotokhronika TASS
Children in the streets of the city under the siege
Children in the streets of the city under the siege
Children in the streets of the city under the siege
© Fotokhronika TASS/Boris Kudoyarov
Spire of Admiralty being concealed by alpinist
Spire of Admiralty being concealed by alpinist
Spire of Admiralty being concealed by alpinist
© Fotokhronika TASS/Nikolai Berketov
Leningrad residents on Nevskiy prospekt providing themselves with a drinking water
Leningrad residents on Nevskiy prospekt providing themselves with a drinking water
Leningrad residents on Nevskiy prospekt providing themselves with a drinking water
© Fotokhronika TASS
125 grams of bread, weighed on scale, a daily limit given to workers, dependants and children during the siege of Leningrad
125 grams of bread, weighed on scale, a daily limit given to workers, dependants and children during the siege of Leningrad
125 grams of bread, weighed on scale, a daily limit given to workers, dependants and children during the siege of Leningrad
© Fotokhronika TASS/Nikolai Adamovich
People taking their belongings to Finlyandsky station, 1942
People taking their belongings to Finlyandsky station, 1942
People taking their belongings to Finlyandsky station, 1942
© Fotokhronika TASS
Trucks on the ice road across the frozen Lake Ladoga. This route, called Road of Life provided the only access to the besieged city of Leningrad
Trucks on the ice road across the frozen Lake Ladoga. This route, called Road of Life provided the only access to the besieged city of Leningrad
Trucks on the ice road across the frozen Lake Ladoga. This route, called Road of Life provided the only access to the besieged city of Leningrad
© Fotokhronika TASS/Rafail Mazelev, Vasiliy Fedoseev
Residents leaving their destroyed houses
Residents leaving their destroyed houses
Residents leaving their destroyed houses
© Fotokhronika TASS
Destroyed building in Leningrad
Destroyed building in Leningrad
Destroyed building in Leningrad
© Fotokhronika TASS
Residents cleaning snow on Nevskiy prospekt
Residents cleaning snow on Nevskiy prospekt
Residents cleaning snow on Nevskiy prospekt
© Fotokhronika TASS/G. Chertov
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Barrage balloons, used to defend against low-level aircraft attacks, at Saint Isaac's Square, Leningrad
© Fotokhronika TASS
Children from an orphanage evacuated during the siege of Leningrad
© Fotokhronika TASS
Soldiers patroling the city down the Neva River at night, 1942
© Fotokhronika TASS
Children in the streets of the city under the siege
© Fotokhronika TASS/Boris Kudoyarov
Spire of Admiralty being concealed by alpinist
© Fotokhronika TASS/Nikolai Berketov
Leningrad residents on Nevskiy prospekt providing themselves with a drinking water
© Fotokhronika TASS
125 grams of bread, weighed on scale, a daily limit given to workers, dependants and children during the siege of Leningrad
© Fotokhronika TASS/Nikolai Adamovich
People taking their belongings to Finlyandsky station, 1942
© Fotokhronika TASS
Trucks on the ice road across the frozen Lake Ladoga. This route, called Road of Life provided the only access to the besieged city of Leningrad
© Fotokhronika TASS/Rafail Mazelev, Vasiliy Fedoseev
Residents leaving their destroyed houses
© Fotokhronika TASS
Destroyed building in Leningrad
© Fotokhronika TASS
Residents cleaning snow on Nevskiy prospekt
© Fotokhronika TASS/G. Chertov

The siege of Leningrad lasted from September 8 1941 until January 27 1944. It was a military operation undertaken by the Nazi Germany against Leningrad, now known as Saint Petersburg - during the World War II. More than 600 thousand people died in the city during that period. Several hundred thousand people were evacuated from Leningrad across lake Ladoga via the famous Road of life, the only route that connected the city with the mainland. Siege of Leningrad which lasted for nearly 900 day - in photo gallery by TASS.

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