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Ashes to Ashes

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Ashes to Ashes

Across Europe there has been a storm of metal and fire. When the dawn broke after the long night we saw a road of ashes laid their way east to west. All of the humanity, time and space laid waste. In the end both aggressor and victim were engulfed. As all nights do, this night ended with a burst of light - The Midnight Sun. The Midnight Sun - I think she is the destroyer and the savior of men, the destroyer of some, the savior of others. Let us hope we don't invite her to dawn on us all.

-A soldier's memoir

Not always being considered, the prospect of a successful German surge against the heart of the Soviet Union did not die with the failed siege of Moscow in the winter of 1941. Such opportunities dwindled as the Eastern Front continued.

Here we experiment with Leningrad, the most brutal siege of all recorded history. Lasting approximately 864 days, even if somewhat unlikely we place the early months of 1943 for the end of Leningrad. This event was still possible considering the blockade still held in the first weeks of 1943 in real life. We do need to imagine the Soviet counteroffensives in January 1943 are ineffective in opening any way to the city, continuing to leave the city alone and starved. Under from weakness of starvation more than the strength of the German Attack Leningrad was completely overrun in early 1943.

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