Heavy siege cannon captured by Soviet soldiers near Leningrad, January 1943.
The Leningrad blockade lasted 872 days and is one of the biggest warcrimes in history, were the Germans brutally executed their Vernichtungskrieg against Soviet Russia. The Germans’ heavy bombardment and shelling (by heavy mortars and siege cannons depicted above) led to 16.000 civillian deaths and over 33.000 wounded. Even more devastating was the siege itself: due to loss of food massive starvation took place and added up the death toll to about 1.100.000, which was part of Germany’s ideological-bound racist starvation policy. Even in the heavy bombardments of German cities (most notably in German folkore:Dresden and Hamburg), the Germans never had suffered such human tragedy.