The Vauban Fortifications of France
Paddy Griffith, illustrated by Peter Dennis
Vauban was the foremost military engineer of France, not only during
his lifetime, but also throughout the 18th century when his legacy and
methods remained in place almost unchanged.
Indeed, his expertise and experience in the construction, defence, and
attack of fortresses is unrivalled by any of his contemporaries. In
all three of those fields he was a significant innovator and prolific
exponent, having planned approximately 160 major defensive projects
and directed over 50 sieges.
"The Vauban Fortifications of France" provides not only a modern listing
of his varied interventions and their fates, but also a wide-ranging
discussion of just how and why they pushed forward the international
boundaries of the arts of fortification.
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