A street after a German artillery raid during the Siege of Leningrad, 1 January 1942. RIA Novosti archive

[Photo] Leningrad building damaged by German artillery, Russia, Dec 1942

Never knew about this before....Gen. J.C. Robinson and other locomotives of the U.S. Military Railroad. From views of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. City Point, Virginia, circa 1865

Never knew about this before. Robinson and other locomotives of the U. From views of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June City Point, Virginia, circa 1865

General Grant and staff during the siege of Petersburg, VA

General Grant and staff during the siege of Petersburg, VA

Here is General Ulysses S. Grant (center of bench beside tree) on eve of Siege of Petersburg VA, which escalated this month 1864.  Photo by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

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Here is General Ulysses S. Grant (center of bench beside tree) on eve of Siege of Petersburg VA, which escalated this month 1864 // Photo by Timothy H.

Civilians of Leningrad fetching water from a broken water pipe, Russia, Dec 1941-Jan 1942 / Vsevolod Tarasevich. The Siege of Leningrad led to mass starvation.

Civilians of Leningrad fetching water from a broken water pipe, Russia, Dec 1942 / Vsevolod Tarasevich. The Siege of Leningrad led to mass starvation.

“Petersburg, Virginia. Federal Soldiers Removing Artillery From Confederate Fortifications April 1865” The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War Nine and a half months,...

Federal Soldiers Removing Artillery From Confederate Fortifications April The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War Nine and a half months, casualties, the suffering of civilians,.

21 year old Alberta Martin married 81 year WIlliam Martin in 1921 and survived until 2004 making her the last surviving widow of a civil war veteran. She "had already been widowed with a son when she met William Martin, also a widower who had served with the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment during the siege of Petersburg in 1864-65 and had a 50$-a-month pension. The two lived on the same road in Opp, Alabama and soon a marriage of convenience was born."

21 year old Alberta Martin married 81 year WIlliam Martin in 1921 and survived until 2004 making her the last surviving widow of a civil war veteran. So neat!

The Siege of St. Petersburg (The Leningrad Blockade) was one of the most brutal acts in WWII--Germans & Finns choked off the city for over 800 days--many starved and froze to death--survivors resorted to desperate measures for warmth and food. This seems to be a background event in WWII, but it was one of the most destructive, strategic, complicated, and lethal blockades in history and many people don't know about it.

Soviet ski troops by the Hermitage Museum during the Siege of Leningrad.

An exhibit at the Museum of the Defence and Siege of Leningrad, St Petersburg, Russia

Top 10 Soviet-era experiences in St Petersburg

An exhibit at the Museum of the Defence and Siege of Leningrad, St Petersburg, Russia

Newly discovered diaries reveal horror of Nazi siege of Leningrad #DailyMail

Newly discovered diaries reveal horror of Nazi siege of Leningrad

A woman carries away a corpse on a sledge down Nevski Prospect, Leningrad's main avenue, during the siege of Leningrad when many died of starvation.

Browse In Focus: 75 Years Since The Seige Of Leningrad Began latest photos. View images and find out more about In Focus: 75 Years Since The Seige Of Leningrad Began at Getty Images.

Replica fortifications representing the typical entrenchments built by Confederate and Union troops during the siege of Petersburg. Soldiers would erect a log wall (left) and cover its front with dirt (center) excavated from a ditch (right) dug along the base of the breastworks. Soldiers would bolster their defenses by driving sharpened fence posts or tree limbs into the ground and pointing them toward enemy lines. (Brian Swartz Photo)

Replica fortifications representing the typical entrenchments built by Confederate and Union troops during the siege of Petersburg. Soldiers would erect a log wall (left) and cover its front with dirt (center) excavated from a ditch (right) dug along the base of the breastworks. Soldiers would bolster their defenses by driving sharpened fence posts or tree limbs into the ground and pointing them toward enemy lines. (Brian Swartz Photo)

The photographs of Brady and Gardner have done much to shape the public's perception of the Civil War and their original images has incredible detail to them

The grim reality of the Civil War comes alive in living color: Photoshopping of classic images vividly brings the past to life

“Petersburg, Virginia. Federal Soldiers Removing Artillery From Confederate Fortifications April 1865” The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War Nine and a half months,...

“Petersburg, Virginia. Federal Soldiers Removing Artillery From Confederate Fortifications April 1865” The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War Nine and a half months,...

Leningrad during the Seige. Vegetable gardens near the gates of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, c. 1943. Photo by Boris Kudoyarov.

World War II, The 1941 – 1945 Great Patriotic War. Leningrad during the siege. Vegetable gardens near the gates of St. Photo by Boris Kudoyarov.

April 3, 1865. Petersburg, Virginia. "Dead Confederate soldiers in trench beyond a section of chevaux-de-frise." Wet plate glass negative.

The siege of Petersburg, June 1865 Dead Confederate soldier, in trench beyond a section of chevaux-de-frise.

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