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Old June 7th, 2018, 03:40 PM   #21
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If you lose the corner of a square fort, both adjacent sides are now vulnerable to flank attack. Your men along both walls could be rolled up.
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Old June 7th, 2018, 05:29 PM   #22

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I've always wondered if Vauban's fortification design (star-shaped walls with turrets at the corners) of the 17th century was ever done by earlier civilizations like the Romans, Byzantines or Vikings.

The concept is so simple and effective that I'm surprised that an earlier general didn't come up with it long before.

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If I remember correctly, Roman encampments were pretty simple and repetitive. The Romans liked to have things in a grid pattern, and in order to keep things running smoothly, every camp was built the same- this helped soldiers find where they needed to go. The important buildings for administration, the infirmary, and the general's/legate's quarters were in the center, with roads branching out to the sides, which were usually lined with legionary tents. I think officer's tents were stationed at one of the two ends of a row of legionary tents and auxiliary and cavalry tents- with the legionary tents typically lining the walls. Fun fact, the tents were also often placed a good distance from the walls, in an attempt to remain out of range of arrows and other projectiles. Click the image to open in full size.

I think the reason why medieval-styled forts and camps and things like that were a bit more dramatic, due to the popular styles at the time. If it was a fort, then it was likely a bit more decorative, as well as strategic. From the sounds of it, its shape sounds pretty neat. It would probably have forced invading bodies of men to try and climb the walls at certain spots, which could then be easily defended.

Then again, I could be wrong about that- I don't know much about Vauban. But I'm very sure about the Roman thing, though.
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