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26 Nov 2012

One of the most famous battles of the Patriotic War of 1812 was reenacted on the bank of the Berezina River in Belarus. Napoleon's retreating troops suffered a complete defeat there. “Berezina” in the French language became a synonym for disaster and tragedy. 50,000 people died there, including the French, Russian, Belarusians, Poles, and Germans…

Two centuries later, on 24 November 2012, the international commemorative meeting and a large-scale historical reenactment were held there. Attending the event were representatives of the authorities and public organizations, diplomats, descendants of the War of 1812 participants - Charles Napoleon (Napoleon Bonaparte) and Andrei Zhuravlev-Sislavin (General Alexander Sislavin)... The guest of honor, Mr Charles Napoleon whose great grandfather was French Emperor’s youngest brother, said a prayer during a ceremony in the Church of Nativity of the Virgin Mary.

Tribute to the memory of all the fallen

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