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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.), elm (Ulnus sp.), linden (Tilia sp.), and maple (Acer sp.).
Fleetwood wrote, "as hailstones sweep the leaves from the trees." On the way up the slope, the soldiers recoiled for a moment and then reformed at the call of a brave Black bugler, who led them to the first line of abatis. The first line of axmen was cut down by enemy fire and was replaced by a second and third line.
A case in point is the word faetfellere and its Latin counterpart abatis, from the class glossary in the dismembered manuscript Antwerp, Plantin-Moretus Museum 1 6.2/London, British Library Add.
The training site engineer authorized Company B to emplace an abatis obstacle to prevent unauthorized civilian movement into the Fort Indiantown Gap training areas from an existing unimproved road.
While the French menu looks very impressive, the Coquille de Crabes was probably what they knew as torta de cangrejo, which to us is tortang alimango/alimasag; the Abatis de Poulet a la Tagale could have been nothing but adobo under a fancy name; the Dinde Truffee a la Manilloise, just another relleno or perhaps a turkey galantina.
He ordered the construction of a number of abatis -- ramparts made of felled trees placed so that their bent or sharpened branches face out toward the enemy -- at right angles to the Chateauguay River thereby fortifying the ford across the river.
The 2nd Platoon, A Company, 10th Engineers, under First Lieutenant Adam Hess and Sergeant First Class Palmer, blocked approaches to Objective Moe by cutting down light poles to form a modern version of the ancient abatis, and by using an ACE, driven by Sergeant Miller, to push debris and burning cars into defensive berms.
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