from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river of Belarus rising in the north-central part of the country and flowing about 611 km (380 mi) generally southward to the Dnieper River.


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  • France, he says, has become Disney's "Berezina," the icy Russian river where Napoleon lost 10,000 men in his retreat from Moscow.

    Mickey's Trip To Trouble

  • Finally on the 14th attempt! the Germans won the Firestorm Initiative roll for the first time & Steve attacked Berezina from Osipovichi.

    Camp Cromwell Firestorm Battle 19/05/09

  • The Russians have to retreat from Zhlobin - 1 SU76 to Buda-Koshelevo, the remainder to Berezina.

    Firestorm Campaign 14/04/09

  • Later, through the musket smoke in the mad dash across the Berezina, the great man mixed up his semaphores, signaling to his confused troops, "Bring me a cutlet," which they desperately sought to do.

    What Do You Mean by That Scarf?

  • As the graphic shows, the crossing of the Berezina River was a disaster, and the army finally struggled back to Poland with only 10,000 men.

    Economic Principals

  • When alone with the field marshal the Emperor expressed his dissatisfaction at the slowness of the pursuit and at the mistakes made at Krasnoe and the Berezina, and informed him of his intentions for a future campaign abroad.

    War and Peace

  • Smolensk to the Berezina, and from the Berezina to Vilna — independently of the greater or lesser intensity of the cold, the pursuit, the barring of the way, or any other particular conditions.

    War and Peace

  • Berezina, did he get angry and write to Bennigsen (who reported separately to the Emperor) the following letter:

    War and Peace

  • Berezina they again became disorganized, many were drowned and many surrendered, but those who got across the river fled farther.

    War and Peace

  • Everyone assured himself that all would happen according to plan, and therefore insisted that it was just the crossing of the Berezina that destroyed the French army.

    War and Peace


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