Soviet soldiers at the Leningrad Front pause in hostilities amidst the smoke of burning buildings just prior to the lifting of the siege. The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade, was a prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army Group North against Leningrad (St. Petersburg). The siege began on 8 September 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, the siege was finally lifted on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive military sieges in history and overwhelmingly the most costly in terms of casualties. Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), Northwestern Federal District, Russia, Soviet Union. January 1944.
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