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Two different kinds of lunettes

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.[1][2]

One notable historical example of a lunette was the one used at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, in March 1836.[3] Another were the Bagration flèches, at the Battle of Borodino, in 1812.

See also


  1. Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911) "LUNETTE" Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.) Cambridge University Press 
  2. PEMcDuffie, Dictionady of Fortifications: Lunette Civil War Field Fortifications Website 2003.
  3. Texas State Historical Commission. "The Alamo Historical Marker". 

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