No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

12th September, 1941 : The situation in Leningrad is desperate. The daily bread ration, fixed on 2 September at 21 oz for workmen, 12 oz for clerical workers and 10 ½ oz for all others, including children, is reduced by further 1 ¾ oz. The bread is made out of everything – rye, chaff, flax, soya, malt. People conceal their dead so that they can use their ration cards. There is no lighting, no heating. People are beginning to die of cold and starvation.

Voroshilov goes into the front line in the hope of finding a hero’s death in the field. Then Zhukov arrives to save the city from chaos, and in the course of three days he completely reorganises the defences. The Germans are convinced they can starve the city into submission; but Hitler does not want it to surrender – he does not want to be burdened with the task of maintaining this enormous mass of people.

About Ludwig von Gress

Born in communist Europe, interested in defence matters on a macro scale, with a cavalry “devil may care spirit” from his grandfather and cautious effectiveness of asymmetric warfare approach from his guerilla father. He sometimes despairs that he may be the only one taking the defence of Australia seriously.
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