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Undated comment[edit]

"always contain only obtuse (vice, acute) angles." What does the stuff in the parentheses mean?

Opening sentence clarification[edit]

The phrase "an enclosed defensive emplacement outside a larger fort" was unclear to me. At first I thought the word 'larger' was a typo, as the fort couldn't be larger than the wall surrounding it. But perhaps this means there is a 'main' fort, with various outlying redoubts.

Someone else should edit the page, as I don't know enough about the material. I could suggest lines like: "surrounding a fort" or "a short distance from a larger fort"

Other than that, I found the article clear and informative. Tim Coahran (talk) 17:59, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

redoubt vs revetment[edit]

What Hamilton attacked at Yorktown was closer to a revetment than a redoubt. If you have ever seen "The Last Revetment" as Hamilton called it, it is not very large. You could walk from one end to the other in just over a minute. A Redoubt is large and protects a central structure or fortification. A Revetment protects soldiers from explosives or artillery fire. That makes Hamilton's "Last Revetment" just what he termed it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Devildave (talkcontribs) 16:32, 17 May 2011 (UTC)


A look at sources shows no clear distinction between reduit and redoubt. They are synonymous. Srnec (talk) 21:48, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

No they're not :) Redoubt is a type of fortification - this term means that the building has been built in a specific way (redoubt is prepared for defense in siege, has emplacements etc.). But if a fortification is a reduit, it's because of its role within the whole fort. Reduit is the central building of the fort, its last stand. Like donjon in a medieval castle. It may be a redoubt, a blockhause - it doesn't matter. It matter only that it's the central building, or, like the Germans say - Kernwerk. Bartex77 (talk) 15:57, 6 June 2012 (UTC)
A redoubt is typically an outlying fortification. A reduit is a citadel. -- PBS (talk) 10:20, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

Can someone add in origin of word.[edit]

Does it come from Italian or Occitan. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:03, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Most definitly from French, like 80% of military terms in English — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A01:CB1C:817A:9700:96C:3DEB:5ED:4077 (talk) 07:32, 23 June 2016 (UTC)