Relief of Leningrad

The Great Patriotic War: Germany at Bay

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Relief of Leningrad

World War II: The Eastern Front from Stalingrad to the fall of Berlin (6 June 1944)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

The Soviet Red Army continued to roll forward throughout 1944. In the north, it broke the two and a half year German siege of Leningrad. In the south, it pushed on to liberate the rest of the Ukraine and break into Romania.

Main Events

Soviets end Siege of Leningrad

Germany occupies Hungary

Soviets enter Romania

Allies enter Rome


After extensive aerial and naval bombardment, including the landing of 24,000 airborne troops, 156,000 US, British, and other Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, German-occupied France, in the largest seaborne invasion in history. The landings begin at 06:30 and meet heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, along with numerous mines and obstacles. Over the day, the Allies suffer at least 10,000 casualties vs about 1,000 for the Germans, but secure their beachhead.

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