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Russia, the great losses!

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21 February 2004

To me the battle of leningrad was one of the worst battles in WW2. I often wish I was in berlin in the eagles nest with hitler and just thier and then Il pull out my luger and spread the whole eight round cartrige on him because of this battle. but I was not born on 1939 to 1945 I was born 1992 but Iv heard storys that the RUSSIANS im leningrad ran out of food and had to eat eneything they could find like dogs cats horses eney liveing thing they could scrumage up exept each other (humans) thay even heated up wall paper and drank the glue off the back.

They have shown a documetairy on battles like starlingrad,kursk,karkov,smolskey and leningrad all the RUSSIAN witnesess said "even if I could I would never do that again it was the worst expeience of my life and I am lucky to come out of it alive" one of the RUSSIANS attacks were just charging a big army half of the army gets rifels and the others just gets a magazine so when thay charge the half with the guns if thay die the men with the ammo just picks up the rifle and keeps runing and trys to get a lucky shot in when theirs a chance

The RUSSIANS probably had the worst campaighn in the war because they lost more men and women (some snipers were feamales) than any other country in WORLD WAR II

I realy hope you have leant about the RUSSIANS and enjoyed reading it

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Posted on: 21 February 2004 by coetzee




Message 2 - contribute

Posted on: 22 February 2004 by windtalker

this is not good story is very bad story is written by the child?


Message 3 - contribute

Posted on: 22 February 2004 by Sprey

You may think so but the basic facts are true and similar to many other theatres of WW2. I agree that it is not nice to read about but it did happen.


Message 4 - RUSSIA The great losses!

Posted on: 25 February 2004 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

There was no specific Battle of Leningrad, or rather, that occurred later. What this thread refers to is the Siege of Leningrad (now St Petersburg). The city was surrounded by German troops with orders to raise it to the ground. The siege lasted for about 900 days, from 8 September, 1941 until 27 January, 1944. In January 1942, in the depths of an unusually bitterly cold winter with no available fuel, the food ration had to be reduced to 125 grams (about 4.4 ounces) of bread per day. In just two months, January and February, 1942, 200,000 died in Leningrad of cold and starvation. But some of the war industry still worked and the city did not surrender. In January 1943 the Siege was broken by the Red Army and a year later, on 27 January, 1944 it was fully lifted. At least 640,000 people had died during the siege.

We in the West tend to be insular in our assessment of WW2; it was undoubtedly the Red Army of the USSR which broke the Wehrmach's back not western Allied forces. We think of clashes like El Alamein, Arnhem, or Iwo Jima as being great battles, until we learn of such titanic clashes as that of the Red Army and the Germans at Kursk, the greatest tank battle in history. For the Battle of Kursk, the Germans had 900,000 troops, supported by 2,400 tanks, 10,000 artillery guns, and 2,000 aircraft, massed into fifty armoured divisions on a 35 mile front. It was the Germans who launched the attack at Kursk. They were routed by the Red Army under Marshal Zhukov.

To put the Russian contribution into perspective, about 400,000 United Kingdom fighting forces and civilians lost their lives in WW2. Horrendous as that figure is it bears no comparison with Russian losses even taking into account the difference in size of the populations: the USSR lost over 15 million, well over half the 25 million who died in WW2.



Message 5 - RUSSIA The great losses!

Posted on: 26 February 2004 by Sprey

Hi Peter, I was pleased to read your evaluation of the the Russians WW2 experience. A long time ago I was able to read a paper back written by a Russian soldier of his experiences at the Leningrad front the experience was horrific.Regards.JB.

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