Caponier


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Caponier

 

(in French, caponniére), a structure for defensive firing designed for conducting flanking or oblique fire.

There are machine-gun, gun, and combined gun and machine-gun caponiers. In the old fortresses caponiers were designed to enfilade the moats of the fort and were placed against the inner (scarp) wall of the moat. Since World War I (1914–18) caponiers have been installed in field position systems and fortified areas. Caponiers are usually placed on rear slopes or behind a local object of the terrain for conducting artillery or machine-gun fire flanking the obstacle zone and the approaches to neighboring weapon emplacements.

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Contract award: Development of the competition, selected in competition for the concept of a spatial program katyn museum in the building and surrounding caponier in warsaw citadel, and supervision over the execution of the works, in part: construction supervision services author in 2013 of building work at the museum of katyn in buildings and caponier environment in the warsaw citadel.
The contract is for the detailed development of the competition, selected in competition for the concept of a spatial program Katyn Museum in the building and surrounding caponier in Warsaw Citadel, and supervision over the execution of the works in part: construction supervision services author in 2013 of building work at the Museum of Katyn in buildings and surroundings caponier in the Warsaw Citadel.
On the left bank of the River Narva one blokhaus and one machine-gun caponier had been built, also four machine-gun caponiers in the Agusalu swamp for covering the Vasknarva-Kuremae-Johvi road.