Sergey Larenkov has published a new series of his amazing World War II photo mashups. This time they are photos of the Nazi's Siege of Leningrad travelling forward in time to the modern city, now called Saint Petersburg. Yesterday, Russia celebrated the day they broke the siege.
The Siege of Leningrad was one of the worst in history: 872 days resulted in the death of 1,500,000 Soviet soldiers and civilians, plus the evacuation of 1,400,000 people.
It was first broken on January 18, 1943. This marked the beginning of the end for Hitler's forces in the Soviet Union. The Red Army attacked on two fronts as part of Operation Iskra. When they met they opened a 10 to 12 kilometer-wide corridor, which allowed them to help the population of the former imperial city. The siege continued till January 27, 1944. At that point, the Soviet Leningrad-Novgorod Strategic Offensive finally pushed the last Wehrmatch and SS units out of the southern part of the city.