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January 27 - Day of the lifting of the blockade of Leningrad

January 27 - Day of the lifting of the blockade of Leningrad
Leningradians paint over the inscription on the wall of the house, warning about the shelling, after the final liberation of the city from the enemy blockade

The plans of the German command capture of Leningrad was one of the most important strategic and ideological tasks, having decided that the Nazis expected to break the will of the multinational Russian people, united by the idea of ​​saving the Fatherland, to further resistance.

10 July 1941, the onset of the fascist hordes began on Leningrad. Exhausting battles lasted for two months, and only 8 September, the Germans were able to block access to the city by land. In the original plans of the Nazi leadership, the city was supposed to be completely destroyed, but the Nazis did not succeed in penetrating Leningrad, the Nazis decided to besiege the northern capital, to take it out of business. The bet was made on the fact that residents and defenders of the city simply die from hunger and cold.

The large bombardment of the city happened on the very first day of the blockades - 8 of September. As a result of the fires, a large number of buildings were destroyed, including the Badayev food warehouses, which contained part of the city’s food supplies.

In the autumn, attacks from the air increased to 3-x-4-x per day. This was done with the aim of causing material damage to the infrastructure of the city, as well as with the intention to cause panic and despair among the population and the fighters of the defending garrison.

Despite the terrible conditions of existence, the inhabitants of the city were in no hurry to leave - they were sure of an imminent victory over the ruthless enemy. In total, two and a half million people remained in Leningrad, of which 400 thousand were children. It was decided to save scarce reserves of provisions, a card system was introduced, the norms for which were constantly decreasing. So, at the beginning of the winter of 1941, a person working in production was supposed to receive 250 grams per day - about half a loaf. Unworkable residents - children and the elderly, as well as people who are not engaged in hard labor, were entitled to half of the worker's norm. On December 25, the size of the rations increased slightly. For workers, the norm has increased by 100 grams, and the rest added 75 grams per day. Leningraders took this step of the central command as a symbol of hope for a speedy release, many took to the streets to share joyful with each other the news.

Loading of chipped ice and snow into a cargo tram on October 25 Avenue (Nevsky Avenue at the present time) in the besieged Leningrad

Empty carts sent for groceries for besieged Leningrad on the ice of Lake Ladoga

Announcement of the sale and exchange of things for products in besieged Leningrad

Residents of Leningrad read private ads for the sale and exchange of things for products

Exchange of goods in the blockade Leningrad market

Late autumn and cold winter became the most difficult time for the residents of Leningrad. The lack of heating and hot water forced people to use furniture and books as firewood. To say that the food was not enough catastrophically - to say nothing. The blockade of hunger and described in the stories themselves blockade, witnesses of those great events. Public transport was immobilized - I had to move around the city on foot. Despite all the difficulties, residents continued to steadfastly perform their work duties. All social institutions received visitors in the usual manner. In theaters, kindergartens, printing houses, free places were occupied by teenagers. Admiration is caused by feats of scientists and scientific employees of the Leningrad zoo. They managed to evacuate more than 80 rare animal species from the city on their own. Those pets that couldn’t be taken out under the blockade and endless shelling were surrounded by the care of the zoo workers. Many people of Leningrad remember the incident with the famous female hippo nicknamed Beauty. A girl caring for her daily brought 40 buckets of water from the Neva to ensure a comfortable existence for this animal. Exhausted zoo workers tried to save their pets from hunger by giving them daily rations of bread.

Deliveries of products were carried out in Ladoga. 22 November 1941 ferry traffic was established on the ice. Began its saving work The Road of Life. Permanent shelling, the risk for cars transporting food to the city could not prevent the Dear task. In the middle of winter, it was possible to begin the evacuation of Leningrad residents. First of all, they saved children, old men and women, then all the rest. However, more than half the population remained in the city. With the onset of spring, the situation in Leningrad improved somewhat - it became warmer, the bread standards were increased.

In the middle of January, 1943, thanks to the efforts of the Leningrad and Volkhov fronts, a blockade was broken. A small corridor with a width of 8-10 km was formed. As a matter of urgency, in 18 days, a railroad was built, along which more than three thousand freight trains passed during the year.

In late February - early March 1943, the Soviet troops attempted to expand the channel over land, but they were unsuccessful.

Exhausted people on the road for water

Residents of besieged Leningrad dismantle the roof of a building for firewood

Delivery of firewood
Dead horse for food

Removal of corpses from the waste ground of the Volkov cemetery. Spring 1942 g

Relatives bring deceased blockade to cemetery

By 1944, the Germans had built a powerful defense around the city. Made of concrete slabs, protected by minefields and rows of barbed wire, created a powerful shield that promised to contain any offensive outburst of the Soviet Army. In response, the Soviet command joined the forces of the Baltic, Volkhov and Leningrad fronts to carry out a decisive offensive. Since January 14, 1944, there have been battles for approaches to the city. The offensive, which began with the Oranienbaum springboard, moved to Ropsha, and on January 15 and to Tsarskoye Selo. By January 20, forces of all fronts united near Ropsha and destroyed a concentration of German troops in Peterhof and Strelna.

A week later, on January 27, the troops of the Leningrad and Volkhov fronts defeated the 18 German army, and the Soviet troops managed to break into the depths of the German defense on 60 km. Being under the constant pressure of the Soviet troops, the German command was forced to undertake an emergency retreat, as a result of which the suburbs of Petersburg — Pushkin, Tsarskoye Selo, Pavlovsk — were also liberated from the occupation.

By the time the blockade of Leningrad lasted 900 days and was remembered as the most severe siege in the world stories. During the blockade died according to various sources, from 300 thousand to 1,5 million people. The defense of Leningrad is one of the key factors that ensured a complete victory over Germany. For three years Leningrad bound around him considerable fascist forces. The victories won in the Battle of Moscow and Stalingrad, the positive outcome of the Battle of Kursk took place largely due to the resilience of Leningraders.

Meeting of the fighters of the Leningrad and Volkhov fronts near the workers' settlement №5 during the operation to break the blockade of Leningrad (operation "Iskra")

Residents of Leningrad at the stock exchange building meet the news of the lifting of the blockade of the city

Leningradtsy and Red Army men ordered the troops of the Leningrad Front to lift the blockade of the city

A Soviet soldier nails a road sign in one of the liberated settlements of the Leningrad Region. The photo was taken during the operation on the final lifting of the blockade of Leningrad (Operation “The January Thunder”)

Soviet soldier knocks down a German traffic sign with a butt of a machine gun. The photo was taken during the operation on the final lifting of the blockade of Leningrad (Operation “The January Thunder”)

German prisoners soldiers and officers captured during the operation to break the blockade of Leningrad. District village Mga (Kirov district of Leningrad region)

Leningradtsy on Suvorov Square watching fireworks to mark the lifting of the blockade. In the background you can see the lights of the Kirov Bridge (the Trinity Bridge at the present time). On the left side of the photo is a monument to A. V. Suvorov

Nevsky Prospect in Leningrad in the first post-blockade months
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  1. volcano
    volcano 27 January 2013 08: 00
    The blockade of Leningrad is something unreal, beyond the possibilities.
    That is how the Leningraders showed themselves, how they kept their last strength, but did not give up ... I don’t even know what to call it .... EXPLOIT? EVEN THIS WORD CANNOT TRANSFER 900 DAYS OF HELL, in which Russian people showed the whole world what they are capable of.

    RUSSIANS DO NOT GIVE UP. Low bow to you Leningraders. And God forbid many years to those who are still alive, and eternal memory to those who fell.
    1. tronin.maxim
      tronin.maxim 27 January 2013 08: 25
      Our task as descendants is to remember, remember the past so that it does not happen again in the future! Too much Russia suffered to get another war! In the meantime, we honor a minute of silence of those Leningrad residents who died in the blockade and congratulate those who survived, in spite of everything !!!
    2. Sakhalininsk
      Sakhalininsk 27 January 2013 08: 50
      I fully adhere to your words.
      Eternal MEMORY and GLORY to the participants of the heroic defense of Leningrad!
      Nobody and nothing should be forgotten!
      1. bask
        bask 27 January 2013 09: 48
        LENINGRADS-BLOCKERS I congratulate you on this great day. You waited for this day and did not give up. You survived and accomplished one of the greatest ACTIONS IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND. HEALTH LIVING AND THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN THOSE WHO DID NOT LIVE BEFORE THIS GREAT DAY The main thing is that everyone in the world and our children remember this and know the tragic and great history of our country ....
    3. Ascetic
      Ascetic 27 January 2013 13: 00
      Quote: volkan
      RUSSIANS DO NOT GIVE UP. Low bow to you Leningraders. And God forbid many years to those who are still alive, and eternal memory to those who fell.

      My mother still tells how they, as children, ran to the conflagration of the Badayevsky warehouses, picking burnt sugar and sucking like candy, how they were taken by car across Lake Ladoga and the car in front fell into the wormwood (formed from a German bomb) and went under water with those who were in her people. In the fall, my grandmother worked on the construction of defensive structures, and when the Germans took the city into a ring, women with small children (mother was 5, her sister was 3) began to be taken out along the "Road of Life". Then there was Kazakhstan - mare and goat milk with which women - Kazakhs drank them. So they survived, Grandmother worked on a collective farm there (on the Ishim River, or rather her mother does not remember) together with other women and old people - ALL men were at the front. My grandfather died in 1943 (Major of the 29th Separate Reconnaissance Battalion (29orb) of the 5th Guards TA) in 1943 in the Battle of Kursk. Then they returned to Leningrad, I still remember their communal apartment on the 12th line of "Vaska" It's a pity my grandmother died early and, apart from a few photographs of the pre-war, alas, nothing survived. Not only the Russians did not surrender, all the peoples of the USSR fought together and helped each other, all ordinary people, workers and warriors without distinction of nationality, they all fought and worked for a common MOTHERLAND for peace and happiness for their children.
      1. kopar
        kopar 28 January 2013 09: 22
        In my family, the old people sat down at the table to celebrate not on January 27, but on September 8. Then I did not understand this, and only now I understood the meaning of the word "Trizna" ......
    4. 755962
      755962 27 January 2013 15: 47
      Quote: volkan

      And the Russian spirit!
  2. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 27 January 2013 08: 01
    Trite, but from the heart, eternal memory to these heroes and martyrs.
  3. Deniska999
    Deniska999 27 January 2013 08: 15
    Glory to our army!
    1. nnz226
      nnz226 27 January 2013 16: 09
      The only salute in honor of the victories of our troops, which was not given in Moscow, is the salute in honor of the lifting of the blockade of Leningrad! He was given in the city of Lenin. Olga Bergolts wrote beautiful lines on this topic: "I know that if there are lights on the Nevsky, then it is dark in Berlin!"
  4. Cosmonaut
    Cosmonaut 27 January 2013 08: 50
    900 days so ... You can go crazy.
    1. Mikhado
      Mikhado 27 January 2013 08: 58
      Quote: Cosmonaut
      You can go crazy.

      And so they went ... People are all different, someone held on to the last, someone gave up - it’s not for us to judge them, of course.
      Speaking of renaming - I still call this city Leningrad, not even because of Lenin, it somehow sounds better, perhaps ...
      In the heat of the 90s, we could have returned the REALLY pre-revolutionary Russian "Petrograd", and returned the German one, damn it.
      And LENINGRADS - eternal glory and memory. My grandfather spent a year in the blockade, then they evacuated along the Road of Life. A related topic ...
      1. kopar
        kopar 28 January 2013 09: 25
        Destruction of Memory. There is no Leningrad, the German name instead ... About Stalingrad (which I will put on a par with my city) everyone in the West knows, and cannot understand WHY this city was renamed ......
  5. avt
    avt 27 January 2013 10: 18
    Without the Heroic Defense of Leningrad, there would have been no defeat of the Germans near Moscow !!! Without Victory near Moscow there would have been no Defense of Stalingrad !!! These Victories are an inextricable Great Feat of the SOVIET PEOPLE !!! ETERNAL MEMORY OF ALL FALLERS FOR OUR MOTHERLAND !!!!
  6. AK-47
    AK-47 27 January 2013 10: 48
    In 1942, the industry of Leningrad mastered the production of more than 50 new types of weapons and ammunition, fired over 3 million shells and mines, about 40 thousand bombs, 1260 thousand hand grenades. Then, 713 tanks, 480 armored vehicles, 58 armored trains fired in the besieged city were sent to the front.
    1. valerei
      valerei 29 January 2013 23: 27
      During the offensive at Stalingrad, Katyusha shells made in besieged Leningrad were used!
  7. omsbon
    omsbon 27 January 2013 11: 23
    I was born in Leningrad. Mom and grandmother were evacuated at the beginning of the blockade, all those who remained in St. Petersburg are in the largest mass grave in the world, at Piskaryovskoye Cemetery. So, I wanted to share this observation, in many Leningrad families that were affected by the blockade, there was a canvas bag in which lay pieces of dried bread. Throwing bread was considered sacrilege.
    1. Ascetic
      Ascetic 27 January 2013 14: 25

      As a child, I remember my grandmother always collected bread crumbs from the table in a clean bag, black bread with fish oil. smelt yes margarine - post-war food. according to the stories of relatives, they ate after the war in Leningrad. But the state always cared about the army. Father whose childhood was spent in the post-war Russian village. For the first time, white bread was tasted only at the Naval Academy just in post-war Leningrad. and almost all monetary allowances sent to his mother in the village.
    2. kopar
      kopar 28 January 2013 09: 27
      I confirm ...... And also the supply of UNBEATABLE cereals ...... And if the old people got this grain, they began to worry, and calmed down only when they replenished supplies ....
  8. Axel
    Axel 27 January 2013 11: 39
    “December 28, 1941. Zhenya died at 12.00:1941 in the morning of XNUMX. "
    "Grandmother died on January 25 at 3 o’clock in 1942."
    “Leka died on March 17 at 5 a.m. 1942. "
    “Uncle Vasya died on April 13 at 2 a.m. The year 1942. "
    “Uncle Lesha, May 10 at 4 pm. The year 1942. "
    “Mom - May 13 at 7 a.m. 30 "
    "The Savichevs have died." "They all died." "Tanya is left alone."
    When you read these lines, a ball rolls up your throat, it just doesn’t fit into your head how such a city and people could survive!
    I will always remember this tragedy.
    It is impossible for the heart to stop remembering, otherwise, our human race will be suppressed.
    1. omsbon
      omsbon 27 January 2013 14: 19
      Unfortunately, Tanya Savicheva also died in evacuation.
      Three times Andrey is right, must not be forgotten.
  9. sergo0000
    sergo0000 27 January 2013 11: 51
    Behind volley volley. The fireworks are thundering. Rockets in the air are blooming with colorful flowers. And Leningraders cry quietly. Neither soothe nor comfort people. Their joy is too great - The fireworks are thundering over Leningrad! Their joy was great, but the pain spoke and burst: Pol-Leningrad didn’t rise to the fireworks ... People cry and sing, And they don’t hide their tears. Today in the city - fireworks! Today, Leningraders cry ...

    Eternal memory to the fallen defenders and residents of the besieged Leningrad!
  10. valokordin
    valokordin 27 January 2013 12: 08
    When the blockade began, my uncle was 6 years old, he told me how cold it was, how there was nothing to eat, then in the winter his 7-year-old boy, sister and cousins ​​were taken out of Leningrad, and when they brought him to Borisoglebsk, my mother met them in a train and brought him home in his arms. He could not walk from exhaustion, told with tears how my mother taught him to walk. Relatives warmed and fed all the blockers, although they themselves did not boom. I don’t know how the current ones would react to this.
    1. nnz226
      nnz226 27 January 2013 16: 05
      When in the post-war Leningrad they decided to revive the tradition of midday shots, the inhabitants were not warned (surprise) the gun flickered - the streets were instantly emptied! The reflex worked out by the blockade made itself felt, the shot (or taken as a shell rupture) and everyone hid.
      My older aunt (already dead, unfortunately) survived the blockade. At the time of my studies at LCI, she held a high post at the Oktyabrskaya Railway, the table was always plentiful at the meeting of guests, but after the meal, she swept bread crumbs from the table and sent them to her mouth, and after the victory 30 passed already years old! Here is such a trace of the blockade .... Eternal memory to the blockade blockers lying on Piskaryovka, Yuzhny, Krasnenky and other cemeteries !!!
    2. Kortik
      Kortik 28 January 2013 00: 50
      My grandfather said that in the late 80s he observed such a "picture" of a group of 14-year-olds playing football with a loaf of bread. In fact, no one made comments, people looked sideways with displeasure, but no one took active action. Grandfather was left an orphan early and was also starving, although, of course, he speaks with the hell that was happening in Leningrad cannot be compared. But he knew the price of a piece of bread not by hearsay. He had to cuff these juvenile degenerates on the head and conduct a preventive conversation, although my personal opinion is that they hardly understood what. So I think what would have been done to them in besieged Leningrad, having seen such blasphemy.
  11. Dimka off
    Dimka off 27 January 2013 13: 00
    eternal memory to all those who died in that terrible war, and in particular to all those who died during the siege of Leningrad and during its liberation! Honor and praise to the survivors!
  12. Lyokha79
    Lyokha79 27 January 2013 13: 21
    The defense of Leningrad is the greatest tragedy and the greatest feat. Leningrad became a symbol of the resilience of our people, ordinary people who had to go through all circles of hell during the blockade. People not only survived in these non-human conditions, but also worked to win. ETERNAL MEMORY AND GLORY TO THE Fallen AND LIVING HEROES !!!
  13. Aleksys2
    Aleksys2 27 January 2013 13: 32
    I have never been a hero.

    I have never been a hero.
    She did not long for fame or reward.
    Breathing in one breath with Leningrad,
    I didn’t act heroically, but lived.

    And I do not boast that in the days of the blockade
    did not change the joy of the earth,
    that, like dew, this joy shone,
    gloomily illuminated by war.

    And if I can be proud of anything,
    then, like all my friends around,
    proud that I can still work,
    without folding weakened hands.
    I am proud that these days, as never before,
    we knew the inspiration of labor.

    In the mud, in the darkness, in hunger, in sorrow,
    where death, like a shadow, dragged on its heels,
    we were so happy
    breathed such wild stormy freedom
    that grandchildren envied us.

    Oh yes, we discovered terrible happiness, -
    worthy not yet sung
    when the last crust was shared,
    the last pinch of tobacco
    when they had midnight conversations
    by the poor and smoky fire
    how will we live when victory comes,
    appreciating our whole life in a new way.

    And you, my friend, you even in the years of peace,
    how noon will you remember
    house on the Avenue of the Red Commanders,
    where the fire smoldered and blew from the window.
    You will straighten up again, as today, young.
    Rejoicing, crying, the heart will call

    and this darkness, and my voice, and cold,
    and a barricade near the gate.

    Long live, always reign
    simple human joy
    the basis of defense and labor,
    immortality and the power of Leningrad.
    Long live the harsh and calm
    staring death at the very face
    suffocating rendered ring
    As a person,
    like a hard worker
    like a warrior.

    My sister, friend, friend and brother:
    because we are baptized by the blockade.
    We are called together - Leningrad;
    and the globe of the earth is proud of Leningrad.

    We live a double life now:
    in the ring and colder, in hunger, in sorrow
    we breathe tomorrow -
    happy, generous day.
    We have already won this day

    And whether there will be night, morning or evening,
    but that day we will get up and go
    army warrior
    in his liberated city.
    We will come out without flowers
    in rumpled helmets
    in heavy padded jackets,
    in frozen half masks,

    as equals - welcoming the troops.
    And, the xiphoid wings spread,
    Bronze glory will rise above us
    holding a wreath in charred hands.

    Bergholz Olga
    1. Aleksys2
      Aleksys2 29 January 2013 10: 51
      Interestingly, and who slammed a minus? And most importantly for what ??
  14. DmitriRazumov
    DmitriRazumov 27 January 2013 13: 50
    Leningrad, 900 days under fire, in the dense blockade of the fascist encirclement. It is incredible, but true - the Soviet people endured all this hell and not only endured, but also caused serious damage to the enemy. When I studied at the Academy in Leningrad, almost every year we were sent to the cordon at the Peskaryovskoye Cemetery on Victory Day or on the day the blockade was lifted, where the huge mass graves of the city’s residents and defenders are located. There lie dozens, and maybe even hundreds of thousands of people, mostly in nameless graves.
    Eternal memory to you is the inhabitants and defenders of the glorious City, whose spirit was not broken and lives on to this day. After all, it is from Leningrad that the city went heroes to the USSR.
    Leningrad has truly become my hometown.
    I still can’t call him St. Petersburg ...
  15. botur
    botur 27 January 2013 14: 08
    Eternal memory to the defenders of Leningrad!
  16. pinachet
    pinachet 27 January 2013 14: 29
    I remember grandmother’s stories ..
    On June 22, they were already observing German planes in the sky.
    the first sister died, did not want to bury in a common grave, wrapped it, put it between the windows until spring ..
    They were taken to evacuation, brought by "sea", there the old church was planted there, the first transport was bombed, the children (my grandmother was then a child of 7 years old) were taken back to the city.
    there was nothing, at first they even licked old pans (oil residues, etc.), good things were exchanged.
    went to a friend, came and bombed her house.
    but they children all the same climbed on the roofs helped to extinguish the "lighters".
    his father was on the front. He died at the Pulkovo heights.
    the maternal grandmother also told, but she was lucky more evacuated by car on ice. also a long story with adventures.
  17. Ilmir099
    Ilmir099 27 January 2013 14: 48
    We remember eternal memory, we grieve ...
  18. fenix57
    fenix57 27 January 2013 14: 57
    I can only join all of the above. GLORY TO THE FALLED AND LIVING HEROES -LENINGRADS !!! In the blockade days
    We never found out:
    Between youth and childhood
    Where the hell? ..
    We are in forty-three
    They gave out medals.
    And only in the forty-fifth -

    And there is no harm in this ...
    But adults,
    Already lived for many years,
    Suddenly, it's terrible,
    That we will not
    Neither older nor older,
    Than then.
  19. George
    George 27 January 2013 15: 13
    When I was studying in Leningrad, I remember another teacher came to us for an exam in physics, whom I did not pay attention to at first. Well, a teacher and a teacher, there are few of them or something. Then one of the lads whispered to me: "She survived the blockade." I was shocked . I looked at her carefully: it is clear that she is elderly and she got it through life, but she is doing well, joking with the cadets and, in general, a perky granny. And I also remember we always brought magorych to the exams for the teachers: well, there’s some candy, and so on. So they brought her a block of expensive cigarettes. Unfortunately, the name has faded from memory, but still I wish her and all Leningraders all the best and with all my heart and soul I congratulate her on this great holiday.
  20. Zomanus
    Zomanus 27 January 2013 15: 19
    Yes, the blockade of Leningrad is a feat. And after all, the city did not just survive as best he could, he lived and fought. Plants worked and supplied weapons for the front.
    1. omsbon
      omsbon 27 January 2013 19: 08
      Quote: Zomanus
      Plants worked and supplied weapons for the front.

      Enough of this example. The best submachine gun of World War 2 - PPS, was developed and produced in besieged Leningrad at the Sestroretsk arms factory. Cars on the way of life brought bread to the city, and weapons back.
  21. nnz226
    nnz226 27 January 2013 16: 03
    Leningrad - CITY - HERO No. 1 !!!

    When in the post-war Leningrad they decided to revive the tradition of midday shots, the inhabitants were not warned (surprise) the gun flickered - the streets were instantly emptied! The reflex worked out by the blockade made itself felt, the shot (or taken as a shell rupture) and everyone hid.
    My older aunt (already dead, unfortunately) survived the blockade. At the time of my studies at LCI, she held a high post at the Oktyabrskaya Railway, the table was always plentiful at the meeting of guests, but after the meal, she swept bread crumbs from the table and sent them to her mouth, and after the victory 30 passed already years old! Here is such a trace of the blockade .... Eternal memory to the blockade blockers lying on Piskaryovka, Yuzhny, Krasnenky and other cemeteries !!!
  22. APASUS
    APASUS 27 January 2013 16: 30
    The people of course are heroic and probably not every people in the world can stand it!
    But more and more often you ask yourself a question;
    Will the current tribe be able to do such a feat? Can the pepsi generation survive?
    But I myself am afraid of the answer to this question!
    1. Ascetic
      Ascetic 27 January 2013 16: 39
      Quote: APASUS
      Will the current tribe be able to do such a feat? Can the pepsi generation survive?
      But I myself am afraid of the answer to this question!

      Our people are always ready to help each other in trouble, I think most are just like this guy in the video, as long as there are people who are not indifferent to someone else's trouble and who are ready to help despite the danger to life means we can withstand

      1. APASUS
        APASUS 27 January 2013 21: 27
        Quote: Ascetic
        Our people are always ready to help each other in trouble, I think most are just like this guy in the video, as long as there are people who are not indifferent to someone else's trouble and who are ready to help despite the danger to life means we can withstand

        You see, it's a little different !!
        The country is full of heroes who, at the risk of their lives, cover their soldiers with their breasts, climb to save children in ice water !!
        And this is a feat of a people that was not divided into blacks and non-blacks, Jews, Uzbeks, Ovs and Estonians. This is the people that continued to work for the front when they had to tie turners to a pole - they could not stand and gave shells.
        And the current tribe is a product of advertising and money, that since childhood it has been dreaming of a car and knows how to spend a million, will be able to give a hand to a neighbor?
  23. Garrin
    Garrin 27 January 2013 17: 45
    I am proud of my grandfather, who drove food, ammunition in Ladoga and evacuated people!
  24. Apollo
    Apollo 27 January 2013 19: 01
    A low bow to the heroic defenders and liberators of the besieged Leningrad, who heroically perished Eternal Memory !!!
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 27 January 2013 21: 23
      More info on the blockade of Leningrad.
  25. does it
    does it 27 January 2013 21: 43
    Yes, Russia is not gallium, and Leningrad is not Alesia! as always, huge territories and human resources help us out.
  26. albert
    albert 27 January 2013 22: 05
  27. Veteran
    Veteran 27 January 2013 22: 22
    Little attention is paid to covering the military side of the issue of liberation from the blockade. After all, this was the first of ten so-called "Stalinist" strikes - victorious large-scale operations. Preparing for it is simply striking in its military professionalism. To begin with, a covert transfer by small ships of the fleet of an entire army (2nd shock) throughout the winter of 1943/44 to the Oranienbaum bridgehead. For the Nazis, it was a real shock to a powerful offensive from an isolated bridgehead, where a small operational group was usually located and the bridgehead was practically held by the large-caliber coastal artillery of the fleet. As soon as they pulled forces to repel this offensive, they struck from the opposite side - from the city, from the Pulkovo Heights. The Peterhof-Strelna grouping was doomed, and the united forces threatened to continue with an avalanche to the south. The enemy urgently began to transfer forces to the north-west, and at this time they hit him in the Novgorod direction, in the east, and then in the Mginsky direction. At the headquarters of the 18th Army, which held Leningrad in a blockade from the southern direction, these actions of the Soviet armies whirled and blew away the roof! Hitler's favorite fanatic Lindemann was completely fucked up.
    By the way, the soldiers and officers of the 18th Army fought incredibly stubbornly and desperately, and at first very few surrendered. The composition of the SS divisions that held the blockade is interesting - they were the Dutch of the Nederland divisions. And from the north, as you know, the Finns held the blockade. So all of Europe has a snout in the fluff on the barbaric attitude towards our civilian population.
    An hour ago, I enjoyed listening to fireworks in the city. Thank God the tradition has been preserved.
  28. Nicotine 7
    Nicotine 7 27 January 2013 23: 52
    A grandmother and an elder brother remained in St. Petersburg from their mother’s family so that they wouldn’t leave the apartment to their own devices. They survived the blockade, but the Germans didn’t save the apartment. According to their stories, when spring came, the leaves in St. Petersburg did not bloom, everything was eaten in winter so that it was possible chew.
  29. kukuruzo
    kukuruzo 28 January 2013 00: 53
    We are amazed by the exploits of brave soldiers, their courage and fearlessness! But the feat of ordinary people is even more admiring .. winning every day, living despite everything ... eternal glory to these great people! I am proud of the courage of my people!