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Berezina River

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Main source  Belarus
Length  561 km
Basin area  24,500 km²
Mouth  Dnieper
River mouth  Dnieper
Discharge  142 m³/s
Source  Minsk Hills
Country  Belarus
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Native name  Belarusian: Рака Бярэзіна
Basin size  24,500 km (9,500 sq mi)
Similar  Babruysk fortress, Neris, Ptsich, Zaslawskaye Reservoir, Pripyatskiy National Park

Enduro ride along the berezina river

The Berezina or Biarezina (Belarusian: Бярэ́зіна; [bʲaˈrɛzʲinɐ]) is a river in Belarus and a tributary of the Dnieper River.


Map of Berezina, Belarus

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

Cities and towns on the Berezina

  • Babruysk
  • Barysau
  • Svietlahorsk
  • 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)
  • Several armies in German Wehrmacht Army Group Centre were entrapped and prevented from crossing the Berezina in June, 1944, during the envelopment phases of the Bobruysk and Minsk Offensives, within the closing phases of Operation Bagration in World War II.
  • See also Battle of Berezina (disambiguation).
  • References

    Berezina River Wikipedia