from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- A region of eastern Europe in present-day Belarus and Poland. Settled by Slavs in the 5th century, it became a part of the grand duchy of Lithuania in the 14th century, merged with Poland in 1569, and was annexed by Russia in the 18th century. In 1921 the western part of the region was ceded to Poland, and the eastern part became the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, now Belarus.
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- proper noun historical
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- noun a landlocked republic in eastern Europe; formerly a European soviet
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The Social Revolutionary Party managed to hold onto control in Belorussia (now Belarus).
Salisbury described how Stalin's criminal negligence had left the Soviet Union vulnerable to the surprise German invasion on June 22, 1941, which quickly rolled through the Baltic region and large portions of Ukraine and Belorussia and then on to the outskirts of Leningrad.
The terrain along this lengthy irregular border was bisected by an enormous tract of riverine swamp, the Pripet Marshes, 100,000 square kilometers of boggy ground that stretches from southwestern Belorussia into northeastern Ukraine.
Generally speaking, in Belorussia and the Baltic, by the time local commanders received the order to attack, or to mount an aggressive defense of a position, the Germans were already there, the headquarters itself under attack.
The problem with this strategy was that it would work only if the Germans obliged the Red Army by doing exactly what it wanted them to do: abandon their operations in the south, fail to mount a successful defense, and then fight to the last soldier to defend the threatened areas of the Baltic and Belorussia they had occupied.
Smolensk was abandoned a week later, so Center was now holding a defensive line, known as Panther, in Belorussia, roughly along the northern reaches of the Dnieper River.
However, Ukraine, even in October, was a much better place for maneuvering than Belorussia.
As the Polish forces pulled back from relatively unfriendly areas like Belorussia and Ukraine, they not only benefited from greatly reduced interior lines of communications, but as the front shrank, their forces became more concentrated, retreating toward Warsaw.
I found that some countries, such as Romania and Belorussia, never shook off their KGB-ish heritage.
The German pause was occasioned by the need to shift the forces in the north through Belorussia so they could attack into the salient, wipe it out, and prepare the German line for the next great surge.