Lunette (fortification)

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Two different kinds of lunette

In fortification, a lunette was originally an outwork of half-moon shape; later it became a redan with short flanks, in trace somewhat resembling a bastion standing by itself without curtains on either side. The gorge was generally open.[1][2]

One noted historical example of a lunette was the one used at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, in March 1836.[3] Another were the Bagration flèches, at the Battle of Borodino, in 1812.

See also


  1. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lunette". Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 125. 
  2. ^ PEMcDuffie, Dictionady of Fortifications: Lunette Civil War Field Fortifications Website 2003.
  3. ^ Texas State Historical Commission. "The Alamo Historical Marker". 
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