For the Record: Leningrad Siege Chronicles – Part 2
Continuing from part 1. The winter of 1941-1942 was marked by a lot of hunger – the rations of bread per day consisted of 125-250 grams. The people were trying to get food by any means possible, exchanging their things and valuables for it. One of the many tickets through the city, through which the citizens offered their valuables (such as photo camera, gold cufflings and such) for food. The “lifeline” – last thin thread, connecting Leningrad with the outside world. The trucks used this path to bring the most needed supplies to the city and returned from it with full with evacuated people. Not even the siege stopped the sports in Leningrad. This photo comes from May 1942 – a football match between the Leningrad “Dynamo” team and the sailors from the sea fleet. The theater worked as well – here, in 1942, the audience is waiting in front of the “Muzkomedii” theater. By spring 1942, every available strip of land was used to grow vegetables. Here, near the Isaakovsky cathedral, there will be a cabbage patch growing. Here, the same improvised patch in autumn 1942 – the cabbage is being harvested. Everyday scene from Leningrad of 1942 – people are pulling away the tram after the house got destroyed. Fighting continued all along the Leningrad front. Here, a destroyed German captured tank Somua S35, acquired from the French. T-34 tanks of the Leningrad front are moving towards their combat assignment Attack of the Soviet tanks through the swampy area. The photo was taken through the driver’s slit in autumn 1943 Even children participated in the work of Leningrad factories in the war. These schoolgirls are assembling the submachine guns. The army did not draft qualified workers, personally working in the military industry. On this picture, we can see a SPG being assembled in the Kirov plant. In 1942, a special medal “For the defense of Leningrad” was issued. The medals were manufactured at Leningrad mint. The picture is from 1943. Military successes of the Red Army allowed for more stable supplying of Leningrad with everything necessery, including toys. It was possible to buy these in stores and in stalls on the streets. In January 1944, the Red Army attacked the enemy, forcing him to completely lift the siege. January, 1944. Only weeks left until the end of the siege. Here, the Red Army is on the move south of Leningrad at Krasnegvardeysk. January, 1944. Soviet troopers disembark the vehicles during the fighting for Krasnoye Sela (near Gatchina, south of Leningrad) Red Army Assault near Krasnoye Selo, January 1944 Attack on Pavlovsk, south of Leningrad. Soviet tanks are overcoming a water obstacle. On 21.1.1944, Soviet high command issued an order, mentioning the lifting of the siege and the parade in the honor of it. The 872 terrible days of siege were over. On 27.1.1944, three hundred guns fired 24 salvoes in honor of the terrible and heroic siege of Leningrad. The citizens on the photo remove the warnings of artillery strikes. The front is far away now and there is no danger to the streets anymore.