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The German Siege of Leningrad, 1941–1944 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military Photographic Books WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Russia & the Eastern Front WWII > Photographic Books World History > Europe > Russia

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781399064668
Published: 8th August 2023


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The historic 872 day siege of Leningrad by German Army Group North began in earnest on 8 September 1941 and was not lifted until 27 January 1944. During this period the Red Army made numerous desperate attempts to break the blockade, which the Nazis and their Spanish and Finnish allies doggedly resisted. Eventually, due to overwhelming enemy pressure, Hitler’s forces were compelled to retreat, but not before looting and destroying numerous historic palaces and landmarks and looting their priceless art collections.

The bitter and prolonged fighting often under appalling climatic conditions resulted in many thousands of casualties for both sides from direct action and constant indirect artillery and air attack. Arguably most shocking was the loss of life due to the systematic starvation of the civilian population trapped inside and the intentional destruction of its buildings.

Drawing on a superb collection of rare and unpublished photographs with detailed captions and explanatory text, this dramatic book vividly portrays every aspect of the siege which has the dubious claim of being arguably the most costly in human and material terms of any in recent military history.

“This book will be of great interest to both modelers and military historians alike.”

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An excellent book, written in a style suited to most students of modern history.

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About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter is a much-published author and photographic collector whose books draw an increasing following. Among his many previous titles in the Images of War Series are Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Ghettos of Nazi Occupied Poland, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division, SS Totenkopf Division At War, Waffen SS of the Baltic States, Waffen SS at Arnhem and Waffen SS in the Ardennes. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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