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"always contain only obtuse (vice, acute) angles." What does the stuff in the parentheses mean?
Opening sentence clarification
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"
redoubt vs revetment
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 (talk • contribs) 16:32, 17 May 2011 (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)