Berezina River


Berezina River

Infobox River | river_name = Beresina Бярэ́зіна



caption = Bathers in the Berezina river near Barysau
origin = Belarus
mouth = Dnieper
basin_countries = Belarus
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The Berezina (alternative spelling Beresina) (Belarusian: Бярэ́зіна, IPA2|bʲa'rɛzʲinɐ) is a river in Belarus and a tributary of the Dnieper River.

The Berezina Preserve by the river is in the UNESCO list of Biosphere Preserves.

Cities and towns by Berezina

* Babruysk
* Barysau
* Svetlahorsk

Historical significance

*Napoleon Bonaparte's army suffered heavy losses (about 36,000) when crossing the Berezina in November 1812 during his retreat from Russia (see Battle of Berezina). Since then, "Berezina" is used in French as a synonym of catastrophe. (See also Charles Joseph Minard for a visual graphic of the army's fate.)
*Charles XII of Sweden's army crossed the Berezina on June 25, 1708 during his campaign against Peter the Great of Russia in the Great Northern War. (see ISBN 0-306-80863-3 for details)
*See also Battle of Berezina (disambiguation).

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  • Berezina River — River, Belarus. It is 365 mi (587 km) long and flows southeast into the Dnieper River. During Napoleon s retreat from Moscow in 1812, a bitter engagement was fought on the Berezina at the crossroads of the river near Baryslaw, and Russian forces… …   Universalium

  • river — river1 riverless, adj. riverlike, adj. /riv euhr/, n. 1. a natural stream of water of fairly large size flowing in a definite course or channel or series of diverging and converging channels. 2. a similar stream of something other than water: a… …   Universalium

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  • Berezina — [bə rez′i nə] river in Belarus, flowing into the Dnepr: c. 365 mi (587 km): site of a battle (1812) in which Napoleon s army suffered severe losses while making its retreat from Moscow …   English World dictionary

  • Bérézina — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Berezina. 52° 32′ 59″ N 30° 15′ 01″ E …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Berezina — Pol. /be rdde zee nah/; Russ. /byi rddyi zyi nah /, n. a river in central Byelorussia (Belarus), flowing SE into the Dnieper River: costly crossing by Napoleon 1812. 350 mi. (565 km) long. * * * …   Universalium

  • Berezina — Be•re•zi•na [[t]bɪˈreɪ zə nə[/t]] n. geg a river in central Belorussia, flowing SE into the Dnieper River. 350 mi. (565 km) long …   From formal English to slang

  • Berezina — /bɛrəˈzinə/ (say beruh zeenuh) noun a river in Belarus, flowing south east to the river Dnieper; crossed with heavy losses by Napoleon s army during the retreat of 1812. About 563 km …   Australian English dictionary

  • Berezina — Pol. /be rdde zee nah/; Russ. /byi rddyi zyi nah /, n. a river in central Byelorussia (Belarus), flowing SE into the Dnieper River: costly crossing by Napoleon 1812. 350 mi. (565 km) long …   Useful english dictionary


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