November 1 - 30
Minsk region, Borisov District, Studyonka village
The forum reminds of the events that unfolded in these places more than 200 years ago: then the famous crossing of the French emperor across the Berezina took place near the villages of Studenka and Brily. In the fall of 1812, the Russian army tried to encircle the drained French troops and finally destroy them. And this battle became so significant that a new word appeared in the French language – «berezina», meaning the collapse of all hopes.
The Napoleonic pontoniers averted the fatal outcome: being in terrible climatic conditions, they sacrificed themselves in November 1812 to build two bridges across the Berezina. Almost everyone then died from hypothermia. But thanks to their sacrifice, Napoleon's great army escaped final encirclement. The emperor and the army corps, who were still able to fight, crossed the river and continued to retreat to Vilnius.