By Paddy Griffith, Peter Dennis

ISBN-10: 1841768758

ISBN-13: 9781841768755

Vauban was once the main army engineer of France in the course of the interval of its centralisation and wars of enlargement within the seventeenth and 18th centuries. His impact persevered lengthy after Waterloo, and his identify has develop into synonymous with the technological know-how of the development, defence and assault of bastioned fortresses. Dunkirk, Toulon, Perpignan, Verdun and Brest stand out among the traditionally major websites created by way of this very good engineer. This ebook examines the numerous achievements of this pivotal determine in fortification historical past, exploring the websites and their next value.

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Although he always varied the architectural styles of his fortresses according to the terrain and local conditions,Vauban very often used standard (or 'off the shelf) designs for specific features such as barrack blocks, powder magazines, and guardrooms. (Paddy Griffith) RIGHT Plan relief of a standard Vauban guardroom on the covered way at Bayonne; in this case it is protected by a wall loopholed for musketry. Note also the infantry's chemin des rondes at the top of the masonry scarp, which is located below and in front of the gun positions on the main earthen parapet.

Christian Carlet at the Musee des Plans Reliefs) LEFT Three standardized guardrooms in the outer works at Bayonne: one on the ravelin and two facing each other on the hornwork behind. It is only a pity that the bridge connecting the two sites, and the next one back to the ornamental gate in the main wall, seern to have been demolished presumably through fear of an imminent enemy attack. Note also the large earth ramparts against enfilade fire that have been erected on top of the bastions. (Christian Carlet at the Musee des Plans Reliefs) other fortifications built in his era.

This embarrackment {casernement) of Louis XIV's army, more than any other factor outside the realms of high finance, surely lay at the very heart of the whole 'military revolution' of the 17th century. And naturally it was the great expansion of fortress building during the same era that went a very long way towards making the system general. Embarrackment could not, however, ensure the total de-civilianization of the army. As long as troops found themselves in a static garrison that was not immediately involved in siege operations, they would surely find many ways to mingle with the local population.

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