The epic Battle of Stalingrad became the turning point in World War II, and consequently led to the defeat of the Nazi army. The bloody confrontation lasted between August 1942 and February 2, 1943, claiming the lives of nearly 2 million people on both sides.
On January 27, 1944, the Soviet Army lifted the blockade of Leningrad that had been besieged by the Nazi forces for 872 days. The siege claimed the lives of over a million people, who died of starvation, cold and in the extensive bombing of the city.
On June, 6, 1944 the Western Allies landed in Normandy, opening the long-awaited "Second Front" in the fight against the Nazi Germany. On June 23, the Soviet Union launched mass-scale offensive Bagration, which resulted in the liberation of Belarus.