The French monument
Erected by our association
Since 1996, a red granite stele has stood in front of the vast panorama of the crossing of the Berezina (current Belarus) which marks the success of this military operation in front of the two bridges built by the pontonniers of General Eblé. She
honor the bravery of those who accomplished it. The Grande Armée created at the Château de Pont-de-Briques remained in a test worthy of its glory.
"Here Napoleon's army crossed the Bérézina
November 26-29, 1812
Homage to the soldiers who then disappeared ”
Director of the Center for Napoleonic Studies
The plaque affixed to the monument was preceded
by a first version which was offered to the French Embassy, where it is currently on display.
At the foot of the French monument, a stele engraved in Russian and French marks the grave of an unknown soldier of the Grande Armée, re-buried in 2006.
Every year, on the anniversary date of the passage of the Bérézina, the monument and the tomb of the unknown soldier are decorated with flowers by the Ambassador of France and by the Belarussian authorities.
Photo Zoya Kharytanovich
Archaeologist - MINSK History Institute