The day the Leningrad Blockade started – level 2

08-09-1941

The blockade of Leningrad began on September 8, 1941, when the Germans closed the last road to the city. Life in the closed city was horrible. Many people were extremely hungry. In winter, the temperatures went down to minus 30 degrees.

The Russians managed to bring some supplies to the city over a nearby lake. They supplied the city by ships in summer and by cars in winter when strong ice formed over the lake. The supply teams were under frequent attacks from the Germans.

The blockade was 872 days long. More than one million people died.

Difficult words: blockade (a situation when people stop other people from going in or out of some place), supplies (food, medicines, and clothes for an army or people in a war), nearby (not far), frequent (very often).

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