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|The siege of Leningrad lasted precisely 871 days. This was the longest and most terrible siege of the city in the history of mankind. Almost 900 days of pain and suffering, courage and self-sacrifice. Many years after the breakthrough of the siege of Leningrad, a lot of people including numerous historians wondered whether this nightmare could have been avoided. It seems the answer is ‘not’. For Hitler, capturing Leningrad was a strategic goal since it served as a main base for the Baltic Fleet and opened the road to Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, from where the Allies provided assistance during the war. So should the city have surrendered, it would have been annihilated and wiped off the face of the earth.|