World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: 515 Days

Russian trains loaded with food, clothing and fuel chugged across a nine-mile corridor of destruction into Leningrad last week. The corridor had once bristled with steel and concrete pillboxes; it had been manned by crack German troops. Now it was littered with German dead (13,000 by Russian accounts) and dead thousands of heroic Reds who had lifted the siege of Russia's second city.

The 515-day siege of Leningrad was not the longest in history,* but it was far & away the longest in World War II. The Nazis termed Leningrad "a doomed city"...

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