World War: Peter's Window, Lenin's City

The enemy is attempting to penetrate into Leningrad. . . .

This shall not be. . . .

These were brave words. But the very fact of their utterance, by Russia's northern commander, Marshal Klimenti Voroshilov, not to his troops but to the people of Leningrad—a military commander exhorting the unmilitary horde to action—indicated a sense of strategic desperation. The words seemed a prologue to their own disproving.

At the moment the words were uttered, the enemy's hobnailed foot was on the city's threshold. The Germans had passed Kingissep, only 70 miles to the...

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