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Road of Life

                   

The Road of Life (Доро́га жи́зни, doroga zhizni) was the ice road winter transport route across the frozen Lake Ladoga, which provided the only access to the besieged city of Leningrad while the perimeter in the siege was maintained by the German Army Group North and the Finnish Defence Forces. The siege lasted for 29 months from 8 September 1941, to 27 January 1944. Over one million citizens of Leningrad died from starvation, stress, exposure and bombardments.[1] Each winter, the Lake Ladoga ice route was reconstructed by hand, and built according to precise arithmetic calculations depending on traffic volume.[2] In addition to transporting thousands of tons of munitions and food supplies each year, the Road of Life also served as the primary evacuation route for the millions of Soviets trapped within the starving city.[3] The road today forms part of the World Heritage Site.[4]

  Marker noting the 17th kilometer along the Road

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  Establishment

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  US propaganda film showing the Road of Life.

By 8 September 1941, the German Army Group North under Feldmarschall Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb had almost completely surrounded Leningrad, successfully cutting off all major supply routes.[2] To address this growing concern, a decision was cast by the Military Soviet of the Leningrad Front to establish an evacuation commission in November 1941.[3] As the severity of the siege intensified, the committee proposed the construction of an ice road over Lake Ladoga as both a viable supply line and means for civilian evacuation en masse.[2] The Road of Life began to operate on 19 November 1941 after Captain Mikhail Murov and his transport regiment carried the first supplies over Lake Ladoga via horse-drawn sleigh.[3] However, due to proximal bombardments, ice breakage, and unreliable machinery, the route was far from fully functional at this time.[5] It was only in mid-December, after troops of the Volkhov front recaptured Tikhvin, that construction of a railroad directly connecting the western shore of Lake Ladoga to Leningrad was possible.[6]

Shortly thereafter, the ice road began receiving truck traffic, despite frequent breaks in the early stages of the ice. The route was so dangerous, that in the first week of truck operation alone, more than forty supply trucks had fallen through the ice and sunk to the bottom of the lake – a frozen depth of 700 feet at its deepest point.[2] After sustaining massive initial supply losses in November and December, the Road of Life slowly began to show signs of improvement by January and February 1942, thanks to the completion of a rail line connecting the ice road to Voibokalo.[7]

During the winter of 1941–42 the ice corridor of the Road of Life operated for 152 days, until 24 April.[8] About 514,000 city inhabitants, 35,000 wounded soldiers, industrial equipment from 86 plants and factories, and also some art and museum collections were evacuated from Leningrad during the first winter of the blockade.[9] 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, making travel dangerous.[1]

Finland's role in the siege is under dispute. Some historians hold that Finnish divisions tried to but could not push forward across Lake Ladoga to cut the well-known route and complete the siege; another argument maintains that Finnish forces intentionally left the supply route open in tacit defiance of Germany's requests. The latter argument further divides into a view supporting a high-level decision and another supporting only low-level common sense by the unit commanders on location. Regardless of the motivation, in the end the Finns did not complete the siege and cut the supply, nor did they employ artillery against Leningrad or the Road of Life.

The total number of people evacuated from the siege of Leningrad through the Road of Life was about 1.3 million, mostly women and children who made the journey on foot.

During 1942 the "Artery of Life", a 29 km (18 mi) long oil pipeline via Lake Ladoga was built[9] of which 21 km (13 mi) ran under water at a depth of 12.5 metres (41 ft).

  The steam locomotive at Petrokrepost railway station established in memory of a railwayman of the Road of Life

During the following winter of 1942–1943, the Road of Life began to operate once again,[10] starting with horse traffic on 20 December 1942. Motor vehicles began to operate on 24 December 1942. Construction of the 30 km (19 mi) long railway over piles and ice also began in December 1942.

Operation Spark — a full-scale offensive of troops of the Leningrad and Volkhov Fronts — started in the morning of 12 January 1943. After heavy and fierce battles, the Red Army units overcame the powerful German fortified zones to the south of Lake Ladoga, and on 18 January 1943 the two fronts met, opening a land corridor to the besieged city.[9] Almost immediately, both truck and rail traffic began to bring supplies to Leningrad.

The city of Leningrad was still subject to at least a partial siege, as well as air and artillery bombardment, until a Soviet offensive broke through the German lines, lifting the siege on 27 January 1944.

For the heroic resistance of its citizens, Leningrad was the first city awarded the honorary title of Hero City in 1945.

  Construction

Measuring 219 km (136 mi) in length and 138 km (86 mi) wide, Lake Ladoga (or Lake Nevo as it was called in ancient times) is one of Europe’s largest lakes of its kind.[2] Due to its size and unpredictable weather conditions, many speculated that the construction of an ice road connecting its shores would be impossible.[2]

Although the Russians had previous historical experience in ice road construction (an ice railroad had been laid over the Kola River near Murmansk during World War I, and another over a portion of Lake Baikal during the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway)[2], none of their prior endeavors were as complicated or as urgent as the Ladoga supply route. Even during winter, the region’s erratic winds were capable of increasing or decreasing the lake’s water level by as much as four feet within just a few hours.[2] A team of engineers was quickly assembled to ensure that the proposed 30 mile route would be structurally sound; one Leningrad scientist noted:

“At 23 degrees above zero 4 inches of ice would form in 64 hours; at 14 above 4 inches would form in 34 hours, at 5 above zero 4 inches in 23 hours. A foot of ice would be laid down in 24 days at 23 above. It would take 8 days to create a foot of ice at 5 above”.[2]


Additionally:

  • A minimum of 4 inches of ice was necessary to support a horse without cargo.[2]
  • A minimum of 7 inches of ice was necessary to support a horse-drawn sleigh with one ton of cargo.[2]
  • A minimum of 8 inches of ice was necessary to support a truck transporting one ton of cargo.[2]

Although only a foot of ice was required to support mass transit along the route, the actual thickness of the ice typically ranged from 3-5 feet, a density thick enough for nearly any task.[3]


Once the route had been confirmed and tested for stability, larger plows and snow carving machines were then used to widen the ice road and make it more suitable for automobile transport.[7] By February 1942, large snow banks on either side of the route had been made into massive ice walls, which shielded transport from the lake’s harsh winds.[7] At each kilometer, a traffic guard flagged the convoy onward, and warned of obstructions or accidents ahead.[7] As the ice melted in the spring, the ice road was dissolved and replaced with a flotilla system that continued to ferry goods across the massive lake.[6]

As soon as the ice hardened, the Road of Life was reconstructed again in the winter of 1942, and once more in the following winter of 1943.[11]

  Volume of transported goods

The Road of Life was used to transport the following supplies:

  • November 1941: approximately 1,500 tons of food (primarily flour)[2]
  • January 1942: approximately 52,000 tons of various supplies (of which ~42,000 tons were food)[7]
  • February 1942: approximately 86,000 tons of various supplies (of which ~67,000 tons were food)[7]
  • March 1942: approximately 113,000 tons of various supplies (of which ~87,000 tons were food)[7]
  • April 1942: approximately 87,000 tons of various supplies (of which ~57,000 tons were food)[7]


In total the ice road was used to ship more than 360,000 tons of goods, mostly rations and fodder, into Leningrad.


In the first winter of the siege the ice road operated until 23 April 1942.[11] From November 1941 to April 1942, the Road of Life had delivered more than 350,000 tons of freight to Leningrad, and of this total, more than 75% of all shipments made were food supplies used to feed the city’s starving inhabitants.[11] Other supplies of vital importance included gasoline, engine lubricants, and ammunition, used to resupply the few military units still stationed inside the besieged city.[2] Around 32,000 tons of military supplies and more than 37,000 tons of fuels and lubricants destined for the front and naval fleet were shipped out of Leningrad via the Road of Life.[11]

On 23 April 1942, three cars carrying onions crossed the nearly melted route, delivering the last supplies to reach Leningrad via ice road that year.[11]

  After the siege

In the summer, with the start of the navigable period, deliveries to the city continued thanks to the Ladoga Military Flotilla. In 1943 the Road of Life was replaced by the Road of Victory – a railway, laid on the narrow path beaten out by German troops from Leningrad to Volkhov. Now the Road of Life, within the limits of Saint Petersburg, is often referred to as Ryabovskoe Highway, but within Vsevolozhsk, the Road of Life is the official name.

  Monuments and memorials

In total there are seven monuments along the Road of Life, 46 memorial poles along the road, and 56 memorial poles along the railway. All of these are part of the Green Belt of Glory («Зелёный пояс славы»).

  • The memorial complex "The Flower of Life" («Цветок жизни»), at the 3rd km of the Road of Life, consists of a monument, erected in 1968, by the architects A. D. Levyenkov and P. I. Melnikov, and eight tablets (representing pages from the diary of the Leningrad schoolgirl Tanya Savicheva), erected in 1975 by the architects A. D. Levyenkov and G. G. Fetisov, and the engineer M. V. Koman.
  • The "Rumbolovsk Hill" («Румболовская гора») memorial complex, at the 10th km, in Vsevolozhsk, erected by the architects P. F. Kozlov and V. N. Polukhin. It consists of metallic oak and laurel leaves, symbolising life and glory, and a tablet with a verse by the poet Olga Berggolts.
  • The "Katyusha" («Катюша») monument, at the 17th km, near the village of Kornevo, erected in 1966 by the architects A. D. Levyenkov, P. I. Melnikov, L. V. Chulkevich and the designers G. I. Ivanov and L. V. Izyurov.
  • Fifty-six memorial kilometre posts along the Finland Station – Lake Ladoga railway line. Erected 1970 by the architects M. N. Meisel' and I. G. Yavein.
  • Forty-six memorial kilometre posts on the highway from Rzhevka railway station, on the edge of Saint Petersburg, to Lake Ladoga. Erected in 1967 by the architect M. N. Meisel'.
  • A memorial consisting of a steam locomotive, which had operated on the Road of Life, erected at the station Lake Ladoga in 1974 by the architect V. I. Kuznetsov.
  Memorial element The "Broken Circle", 1966
  The "Broken Circle", 1966
  • The memorial complex "Broken Circle" ("Разорванное кольцо"), at the 40th km of the Road of Life, on the shore of Lake Ladoga near the village of Kokkorevo. Consists of a statue of an anti-aircraft cannon (1966, architect V. G. Fillipov, sculptor K. M. Simun, engineer I. A. Rybin).
  • "The Crossing" («Переправа») monument, near the hamlet of Morozova, dedicated to the memory of the soldier-pontooneers (1970, architect L. M. Drexler, engineer E. N. Lutsko).
  • The "Steel Way" («Стальной путь») plaque in the Petrokrepost railway station, dedicated to the memory of the heroic railway workers on the Road of Life (1972, architects N. M. Meisel' and I. G. Yavein, sculptor G. D. Glinman). On the same site stands a memorial steam locomotive (1975).
  • The "Kobona" («Кобона») plaque in the hamlet of Kobona, dedicated to the Road of Life (1964, architects M. N. Meisel'. A. A. Yakovlev).
  • The memorial automobile "The Legendary One-and-a-Half-Tonne" («Легендарная полуторка») at the 103rd km of the Petrozavodsk highway, at the turn-off for Voibokalo (1974, architect A. D. Levyenkov, artist V. V. Fomyenko).
  • The "Voibokalo" («Войбокало») plaque at the Voibokalo railway station, commemorating the Road of Life (1975, architect S. S. Natonin).

  See also

  References

  1. ^ a b Moisejenko A. (2006-06-23). "The mistery of the "Road of Life"" (in Russian). Komsomolskaya Pravda. http://www.kp.ru/daily/23727.4/54405/. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Salisbury, Harrison E. The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad. New York: Harper & Row Incorporated, 1969. pp. 407-412
  3. ^ a b c d Barber, John, and Andrei Dzeniskevich, eds. Life and Death in Besieged Leningrad, 1941-44. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. p. 55.
  4. ^ Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments Unesco World Heritage Centre
  5. ^ Kirschenbaum , Lisa. "The City Scarred: War at Home." The Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. pp. 58-59.
  6. ^ a b Adamovich, Ales', and Daniil Granin. Leningrad under Siege. Trans. Clare Burstall and Vladimir Kisselnikov. Great Britain: Pen and Sword Military, 2007. pp. 108-109.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Salisbury, Harrison E. The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad. New York: Harper & Row Incorporated, 1969. pp. 407-412
  8. ^ I.V. Maksimov (1982). "Дорога жизни" (in Russian). http://www.znanie-sila.ru/projects/issue_198.html. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  9. ^ a b c "Филиал музея "Дорога Жизни"" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2008-05-22. http://web.archive.org/web/20080522233010/http://www.museum.navy.ru/fills_doroga.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  10. ^ Great Soviet Encyclopedia.
  11. ^ a b c d e Salisbury, Harrison E. The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad. New York: Harper & Row Incorporated, 1969. pp. 512-516.

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Coordinates: 59°56′N 30°20′E / 59.933°N 30.333°E / 59.933; 30.333

   
               

 

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