872-day Siege of Leningrad begins 70 years ago today

The Unknown War - The Siege of Leningrad - 02/05

(Monday, September 8, 1941) — Land encirclement of Leningrad, a major industrial center now known as Saint Petersburg, was completed today when German forces reached the shores of Lake Ladoga, beginning the 872-day siege of the USSR’s second-largest city in the Eastern Front theatre of World War II.

AP: St. Petersburg marks 70 years of Leningrad Siege (Sept. 8, 2011)

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