Annals of A Fortress

Annals of A Fortress

Book - 1983
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Publisher: Arms and Armour, 1983
ISBN: 9780853685678
0853685673
Branch Call Number: 623.109 Vio

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Liber_vermis
May 07, 2014

This engaging book ends with a chapter advocating chains of fortifications based on the author's experiences of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. It is stunning to realize how advancements in mechanized warfare, over the subsequent 45 years, such as the bomber aeroplane, the self-propelled cannon (aka tank), and wireless communications brought about the end of the fortress. The "Annals of a Fortress" concludes with a glossary of technical terms. This fictional history comes to life with the aid of many topographic maps, plans, and perspective drawings.

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May 07, 2014

"Annals of a Fortress" is presented as a 'history' of the fortifications and seven sieges of La Roche-Pont, an imaginary agricultural town in northern Burgundy, France. The author provides a fast moving and highly readable account of the development of fortifications and siege warfare from the earliest defences of the tribal 'oppidum' in the 4th century BC to the resistance of the Napoleonic garrison in the early months of 1814. By observing this single place, the reader acquires a thorough knowledge of the fictional topography and the gradual transformation of the rural economy. The seven sieges of La Roche-Pont's warlike history are vividly described which helps to carry the narrative along at a brisk pace. Many readers may fail to notice that they are, at the same time, being instructed and given a political message. [Taken from the Introduction]

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