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

  • A river, about 748 km (465 mi) long, of northwest Russia flowing north and northeast into Dvina Bay, an arm of the White Sea.
  • A river, about 1,022 km (635 mi) long, rising in west-central Russia and flowing southwest and west through Belarus and Latvia to the Gulf of Riga.


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  • The Dvina is a much larger river than the Vaga and compares favorably to the lower

    The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki Campaigning in North Russia 1918-1919

  • At Vitebsk, the Dvina River makes a sharp northwesterly turn, having connected all three cities before it flows to the sea.


  • There was a relatively narrow gap between the Dvina at Vitebsk and the Dnieper at Smolensk, while to the southeast of the ancient Russian city there was a complicated network of rivers.


  • Of the major towns north of the Pripet Marshes, only the ancient city of Polotsk, on the River Dvina, remained, the tip of a minor salient, as the German advance had surged past Vitebsk to the south.


  • PQ4 had left Iceland eight days later than PQ3 but had eventually caught the slower convoy up, and the fifteen heavily laden merchant ships were now entering the Gulf of Dvina.

    Sealing Their Fate

  • In Poland and France that stipulation was met, and in planning the Russian campaign the general staff made the convenient assumption that the Red Army would be destroyed west of the Dnieper–Dvina line.

    Sealing Their Fate

  • Khatskel had left Lyozno not long before with his parents, David and Basheva, for the burgeoning city; he worked as a labourer at Jachnine's herring warehouse on the banks of the Dvina and lived near the town prison in the newcomers 'northern suburb of Peskovatik under the shadow of its seventeenth-century Holy Trinity Church, commonly known as "the Black Trinity."


  • They look down from the hill above the confluence of rivers, the small Vitba and the larger Western Dvina (see this modern diagrammatic map) where Vitebsk was founded in the 10th century by Princess Olga of Kiev.

    Vitebsk 1912 panorama

  • Fifteen thousand Allied soldiers, including at least seven thousand Americans, were scattered across hundreds of miles radiating out from the port of Archangel on the Dvina River, twenty-six miles from the White Sea.

    Savage Peace

  • "The region, called the Zovoloche, to the east of the Dvina, was the habitat of foxes and sables for which a tribute had to be paid."

    sierrazen Diary Entry


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