Book Recommendation: Salisbury’s “The 900 Days – The Siege Of Leningrad”

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I am not aware of a better, more horrifying account of the effects of modern-day siege warfare between peer competitors.

Note that the tender-hearted may be demoralized by the author’s detailed approach.

Let alone the potential relevance to near-future events.

Study the book.

Study the map.

Study the North American human terrain, circa 2016.

12 responses to “Book Recommendation: Salisbury’s “The 900 Days – The Siege Of Leningrad”

  1. I have been to the Siege Museum in St. Petersburg, and it has displays from the siege, including a little block of “bread” that was the ration. The fact that anyone survived is amazing. This story, and the story of the ‘starvation winter’ in Holland during the war, should be read by all.

    • A discussion of both the Dutch Hongerwinter and the scourging of East Prussia is featured in Max Hastings’ Armegeddon:

      http://www.amazon.com/Armageddon-The-Battle-Germany-1944-1945/dp/0375714227

      Horrifying and sobering, as I noted to a friend just now:

      …We are facing both the 1st and 2nd Belorussian Fronts (domestic and global socialists) and the 1st Ukrainian Front (Muslim shock troops brought in to Europe and North America) by the globalists.

      And here I am without a Stahlhelm holding an old Austrian rifle and six rounds of 8x56r (the inability of anybody to get people on line and moving forward towards a turnaround)…

      • That would require order. That would require discipline. That would require subordination. That would require a racial consciousness.

        At Leningrad regiments of draftees dug anti-tank ditches and were compelled to other necessary tasks, etc.

        Imagine today the Siege of (oh, let’s say) Buffalo under the same conditions as Leningrad.

        Yes, That’s right, it cannot be imagined.

        S//

        • …however when that ‘magic moment’ comes (if it does) that you have absolutely nothing to lose other than winding up in a mass burial ditch then (and maybe only then) will you do whatever it takes …. one wonders if the sheep of the US of A will stand or lay down allowing themselves to be pushed in ………..

      • Thanks for the link. I’ve long wanted that one on my shelf. On a separate note, have been doing proof-read for friend who’s translating manuscript (from original Polish/memoir) of an Area Commander of Polish Holy Cross Brygada. Hope to have a deliverable PDF later this year. Insights on many things but 3 jump out; the balancing act RE ability to develop interpersonal relations when advantageous to all, the need for sometimes swift execution of justice to traitors, and the major unbelievable “suck” of living in the woods & conducting unconventional warfare, particularly later when caught between fascists & communists (commies being only slightly less hated than the Germans).

  2. I’ve read this book, and it’s more horrific than one can imagine. The methodical planning of Hitler and his henchmen to starve the city, the sheer scale of those who died, and depth of suffering incurred by the people of Leningrad. Unbelievable as it may sound, Stalingrad pales in comparison.

    One of the most heartbreaking accounts was a series of child scribbled notes on a frozen apartment wall detailing the death of each family member by hunger and cold, and ending with the last one by the child.

  3. The Siege Of Leningrad is a blueprint of how a small force using sniper techniques can demoralize a much greater force over time. A great read.

  4. Centurion_Cornelius

    Yepper, CA and Dayton. Siege of major city? get your ‘effing arse OUT of city asap. Rx: bribe, cajole, entreat, end-run the sentry cordons. otherwise, kaput! no lifeboats for women nor children. 750,000 civvie deaths alone. imagine if they had hell-fire drones, HELOs, night/thermal optics, back in 1941 at -40*F. 24/7 Hell-on-Earth. Unsurvivable.

  5. Urban Russians of the 1940s had already been tempered by events; many adults had already survived WWI, the Revolution and subsequent Civil War, the famines and purges of the 1930s, and life under a totalitarian police state. They had backbone and grit that most 21st century Americans cannot imagine. If they hadn’t, they would have already been chaff. Under similar conditions here I would expect apathy, torpor, and mass die-offs with little or no resistance, but at least we would keep texting to the end.

  6. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.