The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour

History for busy people. Read a concise history of the Siege of Leningrad in just one hour.

The Siege of Leningrad was one of the longest sieges in history and it inflicted some of the worst civilian casualties of World War Two. When Hitler declared his intention to obliterate the key city of Leningrad on 22 September 1941, he could not have foreseen the grim determination of its citizens. Over the course of 900 days, the city resisted the Germans pounding at its gates. Its survival contributed to the defeat of Nazism. But the price was heavy – over 1 million died in Leningrad from German bombs and artillery, or from disease, the cold or starvation.

In its suffering Leningrad became a source of symbolic national pride, of good conquering evil. The story of the siege is one of heroic resistance and stoical survival but it also one of unimaginable suffering and extreme deprivation. THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD: HISTORY IN AN HOUR by Rupert Colley is essential reading for all history lovers.

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  • History of Leningrad
  • The Great Patriotic War
  • Preparing the City for War
  • Evacuation
  • The German Advance
  • The Men in Charge
  • Under Attack
  • Hunger
  • Death in a Cold City
  • The Road of Life
  • Spring
  • The Symphony
  • Leningrad Liberated
  • Aftermath

Reader reviews:

“I bought The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour on my Kindle. I finished the book in one hour and 15 minutes, greatly relieved that there were no gory or gruesome photographs of human suffering in it… However, Rupert Colley vividly describes the starvation the Leningraders had to endure during the 1941-1943 siege. Although the siege of Leningrad/St. Petersburg is a big topic, Mr. Colley successfully manages to condense the 872-day siege into a 73-page book… I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves history (like me) or someone who’s interested in World War II and the Soviet Union. The book might take a little more than one hour to finish, but it’ll implant a lot of information into your cranium.”

Very moving- does what it says on the tin: This book is the perfect introduction to those wanting to understand what really happened during the Siege of Leningrad. It really is the history of the Siege of Leningrad in an hour. Colley has succeeded in writing a perfectly concise and factually correct historical analysis, whilst also revealing the true stories of just some of those unlucky enough to be caught in the blockade. His use of diary extracts brings this brutal piece of history to life- making his small account very moving and equally as gripping. If you have a spare hour- this is a must read!