Invasion of Russia04/09/2014°Siege of LENINGRAD 872 Days of Hell °BelligerentsGermany. Italy, FinlandoField Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von LeebSoviet UnionoMarshall Georgi Zhukov°Operation BarbarossaJune 22, 1941 – Three Prone Attack on Soviet Union Army Group Northoattack on Leningrad German front line within 100 miles of Leningrad by end of July 1941Hitler pulls 4thPanzer Group to help take MoscowoResult: ^ change of plan siege instead of attack oHitler waits to attack Moscow until Panzer gets there. Gives Soviets a week extra for Siberian troops to get there.oOne decision by Hitler Two Failures °Soviet Defense PlanLeningrad – 11% of Soviet economySymbolic place for culture and communism Civilians build over 1000 miles of ditches and barricades Soviet Baltic Sea Navy used as stationary guns, sailors become foot soldiers
Lake Lagoda expected to play important roleSept 8 1941 Day 1 On that day, almost 3 milllion civilians will be cut off from the rest ofSoviet UnionMassive bombardment from land and air beginsHitler decides to destroy and starve Leningrad to death He does not accept surrender he wants the city gone°First WinterCity is cutoff – supply cant keep up with demandElectricity, water, sewer, heat is disrupted Food rationing is implemented (6 oz of bread per day) oreplace flour w sawdust
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