Leningrad: State of Siege

Leningrad: State of Siege

by Michael Jones

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848541214
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 05/28/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 581,043
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Michael Jones was awarded a history PhD by Bristol University, and subsequently taught at Glasgow University and Winchester College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History, and works now as a writer, media consultant and presenter. He has written books on the battles of Bosworth, Agincourt and Stalingrad, the siege of Leningrad and the battle for Moscow, as well as Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin. Most recently he has co-authored The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
List of Maps     xi
Preface     xiii
Timeline     xviii
Bread Rations     xxi
Introduction     1
'An Almost Scientific Method': The German Advance     11
'The Biggest Bag of Shit in the Army': Attempts to Defend     46
The Butcher's Hook: Ordinary Civilians' Experience     81
The Noose: The Blockade Is Not Broken     109
Elena's Sketchbook: The Emerging Horror     142
The Abortionist: The Onset of Mass Starvation     173
One Black Beret: The Authorities Lose Control     203
The Road of Life: Keeping Hope Alive     220
The Symphony: Finding the Will to Survive     238
Operation Spark: The Military Breakthrough     262
Something Necessary: The Siege is Lifted     277
Epilogue     293
Notes     297
Bibliography     306
Index     311

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The Herald (Glasgow), May 17, 2007
“Jones charts the journey through moral and physical nightmare via the recollections of some who clung doggedly to life and from the diaries of many who did not see the end of the torment. It is a powerful narrative, evoking images of a descent into chaos few who had not experienced it could possibly imagine….Jones's gripping account is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in circumstances where it might easily have been overwhelmed, not by German firepower, but by sheer horror.” The HistorianLeningrad: State of Siege makes for compelling reading, and it is recommended to anyone who wants a better understanding of the human, and all too often tragic, dimension of the experience of ordinary people who lived in Leningrad and indeed much of Europe during the Second World War.”

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