18 Aug 1919

  • The Russian battleship Petropavlovsk was torpedoed and sunk at Kronstadt near Petrograd, Russia by a British coastal motorboat. Salvaged and repaired she was renamed Marat but was crippled by German dive-bombers at Kronstadt in Sep 1941. Repaired (and renamed Petropavlovsk again) she would see out World War II as a floating battery. ww2dbase [Leningrad | AC]
22 Nov 1929

  • Battleship Parizhskava Kommuna and light cruiser Profintern (later renamed Krasny Krim) departed Leningrad, Russia for the long journey to the Black Sea. ww2dbase [Parizhskava Kommuna | Leningrad | AC]
26 Jan 1931

  • Production of T-26 light tanks began in Bolshevik Factory in Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [T-26 | Leningrad | CPC]
6 Nov 1933

  • The keel of submarine ShCh-307 was laid down by Baltiyskiy Zavod at Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [ShCh-307 | Leningrad | CPC]
23 Jul 1934

  • The keel of ShCh-317 was laid down at Shipyard 194 named after A. Marti in Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [ShCh-317 | Leningrad | CPC]
1 Aug 1934

  • ShCh-307 was launched by Baltiyskiy Zavod at Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [ShCh-307 | Leningrad | CPC]
4 Dec 1934

  • The keel of submarine ShCh-313 was laid down by Baltiyskiy Zavod at Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [ShCh-401 | Leningrad | CPC]
31 Dec 1934

  • The keel of ShCh-320 was laid down at A. Marti shipyard (Yard 194) at Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [ShCh-320 | Leningrad | CPC]
12 Feb 1935

28 Jun 1935

24 Sep 1935

26 Jun 1941

3 Jul 1941

Photo(s) dated 3 Jul 1941
Light cruiser Maxim Gorkiy receiving a new bow after mine damage, Kronshtadt, Leningrad, Russia, 3-21 Jul 1941
19 Jul 1941

  • Heavy fighting between German and Soviet forces took place near Lake Peipus near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
10 Aug 1941

  • After dark, 18 Soviet Pe-8 bombers and a number of Yer-2 bombers were launched from Pushkin Airfield near Leningrad, Russia to attack Berlin, Germany. With one Pe-8 bomber crashing on takeoff due to engine failure, and eight other Pe-8 bombers suffering engine failures in flight, Soviet authorities would soon decide to change the powerplant of these bombers. ww2dbase [Pe-8 | Leningrad | CPC]
13 Sep 1941

  • General Georgy Zhukov arrived in Leningrad, Russia to replace Marshal Kliment Voroshilov as the commanding officer of the city's garrison. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
21 Sep 1941

  • Near Leningrad, Russia, Soviet dreadnought Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsiya was badly damaged by three bombs which knock out two of her turrets. She would be under repairs until Nov 1942, when she resumed fire support missions in defence of Leningrad. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | AC]
23 Sep 1941

  • German dive bombers attacked naval facilities at Leningrad, Russia, sinking submarines P-2 and M-74 and damaging cruisers Maksim Gorki and Kirov. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
28 Sep 1941

Photo(s) dated 28 Sep 1941
Soviet soldiers in Leningrad, Russia, 28 Sep 1941
6 Oct 1941

  • In Russia, Georgy Zhukov departed Leningrad for Moscow to take command of Soviet Western Front. General Ivan Fedyuninsky assumed command at Leningrad. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | Leningrad | CPC]
9 Oct 1941

Photo(s) dated 9 Oct 1941
First aid post near the Narva Triumphal Arch in Leningrad, Russia, 9 Oct 1941Civilians browsing Soviet propaganda, Kazan Cathedral, Leningrad, Russia, 9 Oct 1941, photo 1 of 2Civilians browsing Soviet propaganda, Kazan Cathedral, Leningrad, Russia, 9 Oct 1941, photo 2 of 2
30 Nov 1941

  • The warming of temperature in the region around Leningrad, Russia meant a decrease in the ice thickness over Lake Ladoga, which led to the decrease of supplies delivered by ground vehicles driving over ice; only 61 tons of food made its way into the city on this date. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
23 Dec 1941

  • Trucks brought in 786 tons of food into Leningrad, Russia across the frozen Lake Ladoga; for the second day in a row, enough food was brought in to feed the population. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
9 Jan 1942

  • In Leningrad, Russia the Soviet Naval Staff issued orders directing the fleet and shipyards to concentrate their efforts towards overhauling and repairing Soviet submarines (some of which were being employed as power-station generators for the besieged city) in order to prepare for a spring offensive in the Baltic Sea. Submarine crews and other specialists were recalled from the front (where many were fighting ashore) to assist in the preparation of some thirty submarines for the campaign. In Apr 1942 the submarines would be divided up into three groups by Brigade Commander A. M. Stetsenko according to their sea fitness. The first group, consisting of the most experienced Captains, such as Y. P. Afanasev, S. P. Lisin, and G. Ya. Osopov, was expected to have ten submarines ready to sail by the end of May 1942 with another seven nearing completion of their overhauls; the second group was scheduled to be ready by Aug 1942 and the third by the autumn. ww2dbase [Leningrad | AC]
7 Feb 1942

1 Apr 1942

Photo(s) dated 1 Apr 1942
Militia/workers of the Kirov Factory and Soviet naval infantrymen on a bridge near the factory, Leningrad, Russia, 1 Apr 1942
8 Apr 1942

1 May 1942

Photo(s) dated 1 May 1942
Soviet KV-1 tanks on parade at the Palace Square in Leningrad, Russia, 1 May 1942
10 Jun 1942

  • Soviet 2nd Shock Army, largely surrounded by German forces on the Volkhov River near Leningrad, Russia since mid-Jan 1942, began to extract itself from its disadvantageous position by using using grounds that were firming up due to the warmer weather. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
27 Aug 1942

  • As Soviet Volkhov Front attacked toward Leningrad Russia, Soviet 8th Army attacked outwards from within the city, briefly opening a small corridor. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
28 Aug 1942

  • Soviet 8th Army pushed forward another mile against lines held by troops of German 223rd Infantry Division near Leningrad, Russia; behind the German lines, German 18th Army moved into position to launch a counterattack. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
29 Aug 1942

  • Soviet 4th Guards Rifle Corps joined the Soviet 8th Army in the offensive near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
1 Sep 1942

  • German aircraft sank Soviet torpedo boat Purga on Lake Ladoga near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
5 Sep 1942

  • The front lines of the Soviet Volkhov Front offensive reached within 3.5 miles from the Leningrad Front on the other side, nearly breaking the German siege on Leningrad, Russia, but the offensive would soon peter out. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
16 Sep 1942

23 Sep 1942

1 Nov 1942

Photo(s) dated 1 Nov 1942
A volunteer unit made up of Kirov Factory workers marching in Leningrad, Russia, 1 Nov 1942
1 Dec 1942

Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1942
Soviet 85 mm M1939 (52-K) anti-aircraft gun and crew, Leningrad, Russia, 1 Dec 1942; note the Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange building in background
18 Jan 1943

  • Operation Spark, which commenced 6 days earlier, successfully opened a corridor into Leningrad, Russia on this day. The Soviet government announced the end of the siege, although that state would still continue until 27 Jan 1943. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Leningrad | CPC]
2 Jan 1944

Photo(s) dated 2 Jan 1944
Soviet troops fighting in Pushkin district of Leningrad, Russia, 2 Jan 1944
12 Dec 1954

  • The trial against Viktor Abakumov began in Leningrad, Russia for his association with Lavrentiy Beria. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | Leningrad | CPC]
19 Dec 1954

25 Nov 1963

6 Sep 1969


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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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