Line of Countervallation

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Line of Countervallation

 

a continuous line of fortifications, which was built (until the 19th century) by besieging troops to prevent the besieged from breaking out of the fortress or making forays to destroy siege works.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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