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January 27, 1944 ended one of the most tragic episodes of the Great Patriotic War.
The blockade of Leningrad was completely lifted, which lasted 872 days.
The offensive operation was called "January Thunder".
In its course, the troops of the Leningrad and Volkhov fronts destroyed the Peterhof-Strelna group of fascists and pushed the enemy back 60-100 kilometers from Leningrad.
Krasnoye Selo, Pushkin, Slutsk, Krasnogvardeysk, Ropsha were liberated.
The Red Army acted according to plan.
By January 17, she broke through the enemy defenses.
Tanks T-34 went to Ropsha.
German forces were under threat of encirclement between Leningrad and the Oranienbaum bridgehead.
The Nazis began to retreat.
In six days, Soviet soldiers destroyed two German divisions and inflicted damage on five more.
They captured more than two hundred guns, including 85 heavy mortars and howitzers.
As a result, the constant shelling of Leningrad was completely stopped.
Fierce battles were fought for the settlements of the Leningrad region.
Pushkin and Slutsk were liberated on January 24, and Krasnogvardeysk on January 26.
The liberation of the latter meant the collapse of the continuous front of the German defense.