As the seat of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and a centre of Soviet industry, Leningrad was a prime target of Hitler’s Russian invasion. Supported by the Finns, intent on recovering territory they had lost in the Finnish-Soviet Winter war the previous year, Nazi forces rapidly broke through the city’s lines of defence, many cobbled together by its civilian population. This film – which features rarely seen archive footage now digitally restored – explores the Siege of Leningrad, which lasted from 1941 to 1944. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history and one that claimed the most casualties. Presented by Chris Bellamy, Professor of Military Science and Doctrine at the UK’s Cranfield University and the author of Absolute War, the conflict’s definitive single volume history.
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