Documentary that examines the German siege of Leningrad during World War II. The siege lasted from 1941 to 1944 and caused the deaths of over half a million people. The documentary aims to bring to life the story of individuals caught up in the siege and features extracts from the diaries of a 16-year-old boy and the tale of a man who played a key role in creating the ‘Road of Life’, a passage through which vital supplies could be smuggled into the encircled city.
The dramatic true story of one of the longest, most destructive and deadliest sieges in history. The Siege of Leningrad is one of the most remarkable events to have taken place in the theatre of the Eastern Front during World War II. The city was cut off from all supply lines for an incredible 872 days from 1941 to 1944, leading to an estimated 632,000 deaths. Here, for the first time on DVD, is a collection of fascinating programmes that explore one of history’s deadliest sieges in detail. We have scoured the archives to provide testimony from those who lived in Leningrad during the ordeal and examine the extraordinary measures people went to in order to make it through each day. Hear personal accounts from the diaries of those who struggled to survive: people who refused to accept death and went to extreme lengths to stay alive. Extracts from the personal diary of a 16-year-old boy provide clear details of the tragedy that struck many families during the Leningrad siege, while the heroic story of Aleksey Kosygin reveals a man who risked everything to create “The Road of Life”, a passage that provided the only access to the besieged city of Leningrad in the winter months from 1941 to 1944. These incredible true stories form one of the most powerful tales of World War II. Join Discovery as we uncover the incredible truth behind The Siege of Leningrad.