The Siege of Leningrad
Sunday, June 22, 1941 Hitler ordered his troops to begin a blitzkrieg invasion in Leningrad. The Soviet Union (Red Army) was not prepared for what Hitler was planning. The Red Army was huge, consisting of five million men but had very little weapons and wasn’t trained well. Today, September 8th, Hitler ordered his troops to surround the city of Leningrad trapping the Russians inside the city. Hitler’s troops destroyed Leningrad’s food supply by bombing the warehouses where the cities food is stored. Leningrad’s starving citizens began eating whatever they could such as cattle and horse feed along with cats, dogs, crows and rats. Leningrad is having a terrible winter trapped in their city with little food, no heating, no water from the water pipes freezing, and almost no electricity. They say as many as 1 million people may have died. The people of Leningrad mostly die from starvation and lack of warmth in the cold winter. Bodies are now filling the streets since they can’t be buried because the ground is frozen. The only positive thing the winter did for the people of Leningrad is freeze Lake Lagoda. The lake gives them access to reach a small amount of food and supplies. It is an escape route for the elderly, which helps the remaining people still living in Leningrad. The weak leaving Leningrad, crossing over Lake Lagoda, creates bigger rations of food for the people still living there. The Soviet Union plans on eventually leading the Russians away from Leningrad so the siege can come to its end.
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