No matter how many centuries have passed, but this feat no one will forget. During this terrible period, our country has lost more people than the United States and Britain during the Second World War. This terrible, which lasted 872 days blockade will forever be one of the most tragic and heroic pages in the history of the Great Patriotic War.
1941, 20 November
In the collective and state farms of the besieged ring fields and gardens have collected everything that could be useful in the food. However, all these measures could not save them from starvation. November 20 - the fifth time the population and for the third time troops - had to cut rations of bread.
Standards for goods issue ration cards, introduced in the city back in July, due to the blockade of the city declined and was minimal from 20 November to 25 December 1941. The size of the food ration was:
• Workers - 250 grams of bread a day,
• employees, dependents and children up to 12 years - 125 grams,
• Personnel of paramilitary security, fire brigade, fighter units, vocational schools and schools FZO, located on the boiler allowance - 300 grams,
• The troops of the first line of -500 grams.
.If This to 50% of bread were almost inedible impurities are added instead of flour. All other products have almost ceased to be issued: September 23 ceased production of beer, and all stocks of malt, barley, soybeans and bran was transferred to bakeries, to reduce the amount of flour. On September 24 the bread was 40% of the malt, and oat hulls, and later the pulp (at different time from 20 to 50%)
At the same time, the city fought, worked and went to live!