Siege of Leningrad Trip
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The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade was a prolonged military blockade undertaken mainly by the German Army Group North against Leningrad in the Eastern Front theatre of World War II. The siege started on 8 September 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, the siege was only lifted on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history and possibly the costliest in terms of casualties (nearly 650,000 Russian civilian and the military deaths are well over 1 million Russian and 1/2 million German).
MHT’s Alexander Shmidke, pictured below, meets guests at the hotel at 09:00 then conducts a walking tour of the city center with a demonstration of 1941-1944 photos at the sites where they were actually taken.
We explore the ‘Siege of Leningrad Exhibition’ at the St. Peterburg History Museum at Rumyantsev Mansion
We then drive to the ‘Memorial to Heroic Defenders of Leningrad’ and visit the memorial and the underground hall.
Then on the Piskaryovskoye cemetery to visit the ‘Grieving Motherland’ memorial at the cemetery
We drive to Gatchina to visit the memorial sites in Gatchina and the Gatchina Palace.
At Gatchina we see the execution site of the 26 resistance fighters, the house where more than 100 Soviet POWs were burned alive and Commissar Grigorin’s house.
We pay a visit to the mass grave of 1,300 mental patients murdered in November 1941.
We drive to villages defended by the NKVD Military-Political School Cadets in August against the 8th Panzer Division.
We visit the memorial at the ambush site in Bornitsy.
After lunch at Voiskovitsy we visit the site of Zinovy Kolobanov’s tank ambush.
We then pay a visit to the bunkers of the Krasnogvardeisk Defensive Belt and the ruined Church at Russko-Vysotskoye before we return to St Petersburg.
We drive to Sestroretsk where we visit a Soviet Artillery Bunker and “Sestroretsky Rubezh” open air museum of guns and small-scale bunkers recovered from WWII battlefields before travelling on to Kronstadt.
In Kronstadt we conduct a walking tour of the embankment and the harbour and discuss the Kronstadt air raids of September 21-23 and the sinking of “Marat” battleship by Ulrich Rudel.
We visit Kronstadt Cathedral before driving to Oranienbaum Memorial cemetery,
We stop at the Peterhof frontline memorial and then the frontline near Ligovo and then walk along the ‘Alley of Glory’ laid down along the former forward Soviet trenches.
We explore the site of the Soviet tunnel dug in 1943 to blow up a heavily fortified German position before heading back to St Petersburg.
After breakfast we drive along the ‘Road of Life’, with stops at several major memorials.
We visit the ‘Broken Ring memorial’ at the coast of the Ladoga Lake.
We pay a visit to the ‘Road of Life’ museum and the train station nearby.
After lunch in Osinovets we drive to Morozova settlement and explore the ‘Road of Victory’ museum.
We take the ferry crossing to the Oreshek fortress and go on a tour of the fortress and see the ‘Defenders of Oreshek Fortress’ memorial.
We arrive in Schlisselburg by ferry before departing for our hotel in St Petersburg.
On our last day we head to the Nevsky Bridgehead for the morning.
After lunch in Kirovsk we visit the ‘Siege of Leningrad Breakthrough Diorama’ museum and the Tank Exhibition.
We then head to the ‘Worker’s Settlement #5’, the site of the linkup of the Leningrad and Volkhov Fronts.
We pay our respects at the Sinyavino Heights memorial before ending the tour at the German cemetery at Sologubovka and returning to St Petersburg arriving c18:00.
The tour is led by MHT’s Alexander Shmidke, pictured above briefing guests at the ‘Road of Life’ Museum.
For Alexander’s MHT biography please see the following LINK