Saturday, 24 October 2015

Belarus: Brest Fortress

On 14th October I got five postcards: one from Belarus, two from Singapore, one from Finland and one from Germany.

The card from Belarus shows the Brest Fortress in Brest. Brest is a city near the Polish border and the sixth largest city of Belarus. On 3rd March 1918 the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed in Brest.
The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was a separate peace between the new Bolshevik government of Russia and the Central Powers during World War I. Through the treaty Russia passed various territories to the German and Ottoman Empires and recognised the independence of Ukraine. The combat operations already ended in December 1917 and with the treaty World War I in Eastern Europe was finally over. 
The Brest Fortress was attacked by German forces at the beginning of the German-Soviet War in 1941. Today it houses a museum and is one of the most visited sights of Belarus.

70 years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War (from set of three) (issued 10-03-2015)

Thank You very much Maksim!

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