Unable to take the city of frontal impact, the German troops moved in this direction by the defense. It was the first of the strategic nature of the Wehrmacht's defeat in the war against the Soviet Union. At the same time the offensive was stopped by the Finnish troops on the Karelian Isthmus (area of ??the old Soviet-Finnish border) and to the east of Lake Ladoga (the Svir river). The heroic defense of Leningrad lasted 872 days. Leaders of Nazi Germany planned to complete the destruction of Leningrad, to wipe out the fruits of centuries of Russian efforts to exit to the Baltic Sea. Contact Leningrad supported on Lake Ladoga, the way through which was named "The road of life." However, her supply was far from sufficient. The most critical situation is in the winter of 1941-1942. From November 20 to December 25 was the lowest food rations (250 grams of bread a working, 125 g serving, dependents and children).