[smoh-lensk, Russian smuh-lyensk]
- a city in the W Russian Federation in Europe, on the upper Dnieper, SW of Moscow: Russians defeated by Napoleon 1812.
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Examples from the Web for smolensk
Where Napoleon went wrong was he simply took one bad decision to go north back through Smolensk, rather than going south.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
A plane crash at Smolensk in Russia four years ago wiped out the Warsaw leadership.Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look.
April 11, 2014
Gunther is sent by his superiors to Smolensk to investigate reports of a Russian massacre of Polish troops in 1940.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 15, 2013
April 15, 2013
Jakoś to będzie, the pilot probably said to himself, before missing the runway and snagging treetops near the Smolensk airport.Poland's Demons Haunt It Again
April 12, 2010
Of course, it is far too soon to judge what caused the crash today in Smolensk.Poland's Deadly Decision
April 10, 2010
Forty thousand had been lost between Smolensk and the Beresina.
Villages and towns were passed, each deserted, as Smolensk had been.
There was as yet no severe cold, and there was a far shorter road to Smolensk.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
As he approached Smolensk he heard the sounds of distant firing, but these did not impress him.
Smolensk was abandoned contrary to the wishes of the Emperor and of the whole people.
- a city in W Russia, on the Dnieper River: a major commercial centre in medieval times; scene of severe fighting (1941 and 1943) in World War II. Pop: 323 000 (2005 est)