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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Roads IV.

This is coolbert:

Road of Life.

WW2 road - - built on the frozen surface of Russian Lake Ladoga during the winters of 1941-1942 and 1942-1943. Allowed for resupply of the military and civilians of the besieged city of Leningrad. The 900-day siege of Leningrad is the type of “thing” that epics are made of. Mass starvation, cannibalism, eating wallpaper paste, etc., 1 MILLION persons dying during the siege!!

A “road” of course available ONLY during the winter months, when the surface of Lake Ladoga was frozen in a manner adequate to accommodate traffic. Traffic first consisting of horse drawn sleighs, then trucks, then A RAILROAD!! [as winter progressed and temperatures fell, the increasing thickness of the ice allowed for heavier loads to move.] Traffic at all times under attack by German aircraft and long-range artillery [just as was the case at Verdun!!].

"While the road was protected by anti-aircraft artillery on the ice and fighter planes in the air, truck convoys were constantly attacked by German artillery and airplanes"

It should be realized that when you have an instance [Leningrad] where resupply for military and civilian both is needed, priority WILL ALWAYS BE GIVEN TO THE MILITARY. THEIR NEEDS COME FIRST!!




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