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Siegecraft - No Fortress Impregnable

 

It has been said that the taking of a fortress depends primarily on the making of a good plan to take it, and the proper implementation and application of the resources to make the plan work. Long before a fortress has been besieged and conquered, it has to have been outthought before it can be outfought. This book outlines some of the more successfully thought out sieges, and demonstrates why it is that no fortress is impregnable.

A siege can be described as an assault on an opposing force attempting to defend itself from behind a position of some strength. Whenever the pendulum of technology swings against the "status quo," the defenders of a fortification have usually been compelled to surrender. We must stay ahead of the pendulum, and not be out-thought long before we are out-fought, for, as it will be shown in this book, "no fortress is impregnable."

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Siegecraft – No Fortress Impregnable

Harold Aage Skaarup

Former Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel for 3 Intelligence Company

Data current to 20 Aug 2018.

Epigraph

“Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.”[1]

“The great struggles of the 20th century between liberty and totalitarianism ended with a decisive victory for the forces of freedom – and a single sustainable model for national success: freedom, democracy, and free enterprise.  In the 21st century, only nations that share a commitment to protecting basic human rights and guaranteeing political and economic freedom will be able to unleash the potential of their people and assure their future prosperity.  People everywhere want to be able to speak freely; choose who will govern them; worship as they please; educate their children - male and female; own property; and enjoy the benefits of their labor.  These values of freedom are right and true for every person, in every society - and the duty of protecting these values against their enemies is the common calling of freedom-loving people across the globe and across the ages.”[2]

Foreword

It has been said that the taking of a fortress depends primarily on a good plan and the proper implementation of the resources to making the plan work.  In effect, long before a fortress has been besieged and conquered, it has been outthought before it has been outfought.  This book will outline some of the more successfully thought out sieges, and demonstrate why it is that no fortress is impregnable.

Illustration of a Medieval trebuchet in action during the First Crusade (1095–1099), and a four-pointed iron caltrop, an antipersonnel weapon made up of two or more sharp nails or spines arranged in such a manner that one of them always points upward from a stable base, used disrupt horses and foot soldiers.  The illustration is from a book made for King Louis IX (or Saint Louis) of France in 1250.  (Pierpont Morgan Library, New-York)

Note: the text and illustrations for this book can be viewed in seven parts attached to this web site.  Enjoy.  Harold sends.