In fortification a lunette was originally an outwork of half-moon shape; later it became a redan with short flanks, in trace somewhat resembling a bastion standing by itself without curtains on either side. The gorge was generally open.
One notable historical example of a lunette was the one used at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, in March 1836. Another were the Bagration flèches, at the Battle of Borodino, in 1812.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911) "LUNETTE" Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.) Cambridge University Press
- PEMcDuffie, Dictionady of Fortifications: Lunette Civil War Field Fortifications Website 2003.
- Texas State Historical Commission. "The Alamo Historical Marker". http://www.stoppingpoints.com/texas/sights.cgi?marker=Alamo+Low+Barracks+and+Main+Gateway&cnty=bexar.
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