WWII battle for Leningrad re-enacted to mark 72nd anniversary of siege end

Crowds gathered in St. Petersburg on Sunday to watch a reconstruction of World War II events marking the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad. A shooting range with real guns was organized for children and their parents as part of the event.

The siege began in September 1941 in the city now known at St Petersburg, three months after Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union. Residents of Leningrad had to content themselves with daily food rations of no more than 250 grams of poor quality bread during the deadly 29-month-long Nazi siege.