Today is the 70th anniversary of breaking the siege of Leningrad

18 January 2013

70 years turned  since the breakthrough of the siege of Leningrad on January 18, 2013.

Power losses from the start of the war were enormous. In the autumn of 1941 defense enterprises worked at maximum capacity, and by winter fuel stocks dwindled considerably. In the first winter of the siege trams and trolley buses stopped, the houses were powered down and not heated, plumbing almost stopped working, and all this was in the most severe frosts. Fuel was no longer delivered to stations. It was a limit of consumption for people.

Having a detailed map of Leningrad, the Nazis deliberately bombed the objects of life-support. Local power plants were forced to work on a disguise, to keep stations from complete destruction.