Re: Examples of walls & other barriers that failed-help please
The walls of fortress Kremlin?... Kremlin was originally a word for fort, and so in the turn of events, the Tsarist forces could not hold the Kremlin in 1917. (The capitol was St Petersburg then anyway). Russians (political pressures) stormed the Kremlin.It was a symbolic thing I suppose.
Another fortress that fell to its own people might be considerd the Bastille. It was stormed by the revolutionaries during the French revolution.
One might look at Hadrians wall differently. After all, as far as we know, it did hold as long as Rome cared to garrison it, or was able to before it was abandoned. The Maginot line was definitely not forgotten and abandoned, it was defeated in war by strategy. The Berlin wall did work for the most part, as long as it was garrisoned and East Germany had the political will to enforce it, just like Hadrians wall. Eventually, pressures from outside and inside East Germany led to the demise of that wall. The Kremlin and the Bastille stormed by own people. So, some walls do work as long as the occuping force has the will and the means to garrison and defend it. Other walls do not and cannot work because they just can't function sufficiently (Maginot Line).
So we might see that there are at least three types of walls?
I wonder what the wall would be like if the US were to build some sort of meaningful border wall along the Mexican border? Would it be like Hadrians wall and work as long as it was manned and the nation had the will to opperate it? Or would tresspassers just go around it, like the Maginot line?
Those that can work if defended
Those that cannot work even if defended
Those that are stormed by thier own people