counterscarp

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counterscarp

(ˈkaʊntəˌskɑːp)
n
(Fortifications) fortifications the outer side of the ditch of a fort. Compare escarp1

coun•ter•scarp

(ˈkaʊn tərˌskɑrp)

n.
the outer slope or wall of the ditch of a fortification.
[1565–75; < Italian contrascarpa]
References in classic literature ?
Then was heard a great noise of fagots being removed and of the groaning of posts; these were the counterscarps and bastions of Athos, which the besieged himself demolished.
When their comrades, restrained with great difficulty by D'Artagnan, saw them lodged upon the bastions, they rushed forward likewise; and soon a furious assault was made upon the counterscarp, upon which depended the safety of the place.
During World War II, Operation Citadel (pinching off in 1943 the Soviet held salient centered around Kursk) failed because the Germans relied on the principles of the Blitzkrieg: speed was hampered by boobytraps, minefields, anti-tank diches, scarps and counterscarps, hedgehogs, road blocks, barbed-wire entanglements and a myriad of other anti-tank and anti-personnel obstacles.