Abatis


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Abatis

 

an obstacle of felled trees (with trunk diameters of 15 cm or more) in a criss-cross pattern with their tops facing the enemy. Abatis were widely used as a foundation for building abatis lines along the frontiers of the Russian state in the 16th and 17th centuries.

In the 20th century abatis were used as obstacles against enemy infantry and cavalry. They were usually reinforced with barbed wire and mines and covered by fire.

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In the Tula Abatis, ash is the most important forest tree species, forming both pure middle-aged ash stands and young plantations mixed with oak (Quercus sp.
Finally, after what seemed like hours, gaping holes were opened in the abatis and the soldiers barreled through, heads low, knees high, presenting as small a target as possible.
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Using the abatis for cover, the French-Canadian troops returned fire.
The 2d had worked heroically to block the road to the east by felling trees and creating abatis, which were supplemented by mines and booby traps.
The road, which ran some 300 yards to the left of the river as the Americans advanced, was intersected at the bend by a deep re-entrant where a cleared area provided a limited field of fire and the defenders erected a line of breastworks and abatis with a blockhouse next to the continuing forest.
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The engineers manned roadblocks, laid mines and abatis, demolished critical bridges, and fought as infantry when needed.
All along the front, command and control on the British side collapsed as the heavily laden troops stumbled into the abatis and were cut down.
It is up to the commander on the ground to understand the reinforcing effects of the abatis, wire obstacle, dam breach, or road crater without the benefit of an updated engineer framework.
While Hampton's main force slowly struggled forward, he set his 300 or so men to work preparing a defensive position--a series of breastworks and an abatis of sharpened tree branches, similar to the one Montcalm had used with such deadly effect at Carillon in 1758.