At last, on this day in 1944, the Soviet Army broke through the German blockade of Leningrad that had endured for an agonising 872 days.
All land communication had been cut off, the city had been subjected to air and artillery bombardment, and hundreds of thousands of Leningrad's population of 2.5 million had died since the beginning of the siege on 1 September 1941.
The harshest winter in decades had added to their suffering which had been eased a little when Lake Ladoga to the North of the city froze, allowing an ice road to bring in supplies. In memory of the heroes who freed the city, and those who endured so much, today we will be drinking a Leninade.
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