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Battle of Borisov

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Battle of Borisov
Part of the French invasion of Russia
Crossing the Berezina River, by Peter von Hess.jpg

Kalmyks and Bashkirs attacking French troops at the Berezina
Date21 November 1812
Borisov, Borissov (now Barysaw) Belarus
54°13′40″N 28°30′17″E / 54.22778°N 28.50472°E / 54.22778; 28.50472
Result Russian victory
Duchy of Warsaw
First French Empire French Empire
Russian Empire Russian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Dombrowsky Russian Empire Lambert 
3,000[1] 3,500[1]
Casualties and losses
3,000[1] 2,000[1]
  current battle
  Prussian corps
  Austrian corps

The Battle of Borisov took place on 21 November 1812, between parts of the French army and parts of the Russian armies. The Russian army under Lambert defeated the French troops under Dombrowsky. [1]


The French had suffered a defeat just two weeks earlier during the Battle of Krasnoi. Napoleon's army amounted to no more than 20,000 combatants. However, the union with Victor, Oudinot and Dombrowsky brought the numerical strength of the Grande Armée back up to some 49,000 French combatants as well as about 40,000 stragglers.[2] But Minsk had been occupied by Chichagov on 16 November 1812 who reached the Berezina with about 31,500 combatants.[3]


On the 21 November the Russians under Lambert occupied Borisov in the morning before Oudinot could come up as the sentries had been ambushed. Dombrowski had about 2000 men left. The Russians casualties were about 2000, including Lambert, mortally wounded.[3]


The Russians destroyed the bridge at Borisov on the 22 November.[3] The Battle of Loschniza is Oudinot 's reaction.


  1. ^ a b c d e Bodart 1908, p. 444.
  2. ^ Chandler 1966, p. 841.
  3. ^ a b c Riehn 1990, pp. 375-377.


  • Bodart, Gaston (1908). Militär-historisches Kriegs-Lexikon (1618-1905). Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  • Chandler, David (1966). The Campaigns of Napoleon. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  • Riehn, Richard K. (1990). 1812 : Napoleon's Russian campaign. Retrieved 10 April 2021.

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