They didn't want even bother entering Moscow - they simply wanted to erradicate it. On October 12 Bock received an order: "The Führer has reaffirmed his decision that the surrender of Moscow will not be accepted, even if it is offered by the enemy." The Germans have expected that Moscow would fall without resistance; it was expected that bombing would have been enough to finish the job. Halder wrote in his diary: "It is the Führer's unshakable decision to raze Moscow and Leningrad to the ground, so as to be completely relieved of the population of these cities, which we would otherwise have to feed through the winter. The task of destroying the cities is to be carried out by aircraft."