It was, by all accounts, the deadliest battle in human history. Harrison e salisbury the author chronicles the siege of leningrad and describes the suffering. The 872day siege of leningrad, russia, resulted from the failure of the german army group north to capture leningrad in the eastern front during world war ii. The end of the 900 day leningrad blockade january 27, 1944. The nazi siege of leningrad from 1941 to 1944 was one of the most. The siege of leningrad was a very grim episode in russiathe soviet unions very grim experiences of wwii. On september 8, 1941, german forces closed in around the soviet city of leningrad, initiating a siege that would last nearly 900 days and claim the lives of 800,000 civilians.
Will include dust jacket if it originally came with one. The book was officially criticised in the ussr as giving insufficient coverage to the role of the communist party in leading the besieged citizens struggle. The only slight point of mild criticism of this great book might be the imbalance in coverage of the 900 days. The 900day siege of the soviet city of leningrad by the combined forces of the germans and the finns is one of the most remarkable, and terrible, events of the second world war, yet until recently it has not received the attention it deserves it has been overshadowed by other massive confrontations on the eastern front, at stalingrad and kursk.
The siege of leningrad, also known as the 900day siege though it lasted a grueling 872 days, resulted in the deaths of some one million of the citys civilians and red army defenders. Harrison e salisbury the author chronicles the siege of leningrad and describes the suffering of its people and exposes the role of stalins political police throughout the war and the endless blunders of the military. Librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. The book focuses on the human element of the siege, what the people endured. The nazi siege of leningrad from 1941 to 1944 was one of the most gru. The siege lasted from september 8, 1941, to january 27, 1944, and was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in. I have it on good authority that two unauthorized copies of this manuscript materially aided in the sinking of the battleship.
The siege of leningrad was a prolonged military blockade undertaken from the south by the. That said,in a book released by anna reid in 2011, leningrad. Like russia at war, the 900 days is written by a us journalist, shortly after the end of wwii. More than 300,000 soviet soldiers perished, plus uncounted thousands of germans. Harrison e salisbury chronicles the 900 day siege of leningrad by the germans from 1941 to 1943 during world war ii. This weekend russia will mark one of the most significant and solemn holidays in its calendar the 70th anniversary of the defeat of nazi germany in. Nazi germanys siege of leningrad is one of world historys epic chapters. According to reid, the russian officials recorded at least separate events during which civilians killed others in order to survive. The siege of leningrad and the lasting impact of the siege on the soviet union and life in leningrad during the siege. Salisbury wrote no fewer than six books about the soviet union during his journalistic career. I was very sensitive to the fact that this topic had the potential of eliciting strong emotions especially amongst multigenerational petersburgians whose parents grandparents suffered during. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The siege lasted 900 days, during which time people died by the thousands every day. Pan 2000 trade edition paperback fine book in stock shipped from our uk warehouse.
Its purpose of this gamewithinabook is to show the logistical dynamics, characteristics, and interactions of the original siege, allowing one to see events unfold in a realistic manner, and thus, to understand them better. The first and primary reason was that it really shouldve been named the 300 days. The siege of leningrad a da capo paperback kindle edition by salisbury, harrison. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the 900 days. Each passing year deepens our realization of the triumph of mans spirit marked by the survival of the great city of leningrad under the 900day siege imposed by. The 900 days is a reprint of the 1969 edition that was. The 900 days is a reprint of the 1969 edition that was banned in russia, and no wonder. Solitaire ww2 logistics game is a simple simulation covering the historical 900 day siege of leningrad by the germans in world war ii. The siege of leningrad pan grand strategy by salisbury, harrison e. The nazi siege of leningrad from 1941 to 1944 was one of the most gruesome episodes of world war ii. Siege of leningrad, also called 900day siege, prolonged siege september 8, 1941january 27, 1944 of the city of leningrad st. The siege of leningrad ebook written by harrison salisbury. The epic siege of world war ii, 19411944, it was reported that the cannibalism was more widespread.
Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read the 900 days. For nearly three years, the people of this industrial port city withstood everything the surrounding german army could throw at them and their resistance sounded a crucial death knell for hitlers ambitions to rule europe. I recorded this from a film that plays continuously at the monument to remember the siege of leningrad in saint petersburg, russia in 2005. If war is hell, as general sherman said, then at the innermost circle of hell youll find the 900day siege of leningrad now renamed st. The siege was also known as the leningrad blockade and the 900day siege. Tragedy of a city under siege, 194144 by bloomsbury. Isabella zorina discusses a trip to mass graves, including the many young people who were also visiting, some as part of wedding ceremonies, and the music played at the graves. Viewing the slavs as subhuman, hitler embarked on a vicious program of ethnic cleansing. This compelling narrative explains the increasingly drastic methods employed by the wehrmacht.
Detailed, but dry, this book treats of the almost900days of the german siege of leningrad, focusing on the worst of it, 194142, and cursorily with the rest. The siege of leningrad 900 days of solitude books and. It implicated stalin and his regime in the mass starvation and murder of a million and a half of his own people. Nonetheless, this provides a solid history into one of the darkest chapters of world war ii. During the famed 900day siege of leningrad, the german high command deliberately planned to eradicate the citys population through starvation. The 900day siege of the soviet city of leningrad by the combined forces of the germans and the finns is one of the most remarkable, and terrible, events of the second world war, yet until recently it has not received the attention it deserves it. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. During the coldest winter on record, corpses were left to lie in the snow, and the spring thaw brought forth the horrors of the stench of death and a lingering putrid flavor to the drinking water. Diary of russian teenager who survived 872day nazi siege. Glantz cassell 2004, 334 pages this book outlines the campaigns around leningrad, from the beginning of operation barbarossa through to roughly the middle of 1944, when the last german units were pushed out of the region. Petersburg in the soviet union by german and finnish armed forces during world war ii. A deportee published his memories in book in estonian, virumaa teataja. It is untainted by cold war rhetoric and propaganda. Vera ketlinskaya and her friends of the writers union conceived the idea for a book to be called one dayone day in the life of leningrad under siege.
Known as the 900day siege, the siege of leningrad by axis forces in world war ii is widely held as one of the longest and most destructive blockades in world war history, with some historians even classifying it as a genocide. Launched on september 8th 1941, the siege was the deadliest in history. The siege of leningrad 2nd da capo press ed by salisbury, harrison e. For nearly three years, the people of this industrial port city withstood everything the. The 900 day siege of leningrad began on september 8, 1941 75 years ago today and ended on january 27, 1944. Salisbury and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Midway through the dinner i mentioned i was reading a book about the siege of leningrad. What came across most forcefully was the inefficiency of dictatorship and terror whereby the moods of the autocrat, stalin, and his henchmen, beria, malentov, molotov, could adversely effect the course of state action, in this case national defense. This was undoubtedly the most tragic period in the history of the city, a period full of suffering and heroism. Harrison salisbury discusses his book the 900 days. The siege of leningrad has 3 available editions to buy at half price books marketplace. It is one of the most powerful nonfiction books you will ever read. Petersburg the siege of leningrad is an important part of the citys heritage. On september 8 1941 the germans had fully encircled leningrad and the siege began.485 1382 848 973 743 1483 1519 511 354 388 1481 1161 670 1565 315 1451 916 203 1183 1374 383 1468 1544 757 1609 291 1327 737 1351 263 871 11 251 452 1060 1022 368 1196 639 508 1471 1081 431 35 1496 349