NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
13th September, 1941 : The most intense fighting is taking place round Leningrad where Field Marshal von Leeb has thrown the entire weight of his forces against the city defenders. The fighting is taking place in driving rain, which turns the dirt roads into quagmires, holding up the panzers as they charge the Russian defences. Despite the rain, great air battles are taking place over the city, with the British-built Hurricanes and Spitfires, flown by crack Russian pilots, taking great toll of the Stukas trying to knock out Soviet strong-points and airfields. The Germans are throwing their best men and material into the Battle of Leningrad, desperate to take the city before the winter sets in.