Russian medics of the Soviet Army’s Main Military Sanitary Directorate smile while looking outside of the shot taken in Ostrovsky Square. Though they appear serene, this image was taken in the early days of the brutal Siege of Leningrad — often known as the Leningrad Blockade. On September 8, 1941, Axis forces cut off the last road access to the city, isolating it completely. What followed has gone down in history as one of the most damaging sieges in military history — and one the deadliest. It lasted 872 days, during which it is thought up to 1,500,000 people succumbed to famine and disease.


Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), Russia, Soviet Union. September 1941. Image taken by Georgy Konovalov.

Credit: Anti Worlds