Fortresses
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Fortresses

Sites provided with permanent, artificial reinforcement, so as to protect them from capture by the methods of field warfare. For this reason, the battle for fortresses was always given a particular designation as “fortress warfare,” to distinguish it from “field warfare,” or war as waged by mobile field forces.

The technical design of fortresses closely paralleled developments in artillery, which made tremendous advances during the 19th century (introduction of guns made from drawn steel, long-range howitzers, armor-piercing shells).…

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Storz, Dieter, “Fortresses”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0211>
First published online: 2015



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