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counterscarp

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

(ˈkaʊn tərˌskɑrp)

n.
the outer slope or wall of the ditch of a fortification.
[1565–75; < Italian contrascarpa]
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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.
Places fortified, after the modern way, consist chiefly of Bastions, and Curtains, and Sometimes of Demi-bastions according to the Situation of the Ground, of Cavaliers, Ramparts, Fausse-brayes, Ditches, Counterscarps, Cover'd Ways, Half Moons, Ravelins, Hornworks, Crownworks, Outworks, Esplanades, Redents, and Tenailles.
The only sections mentioned are located along the already partly rebuilt west wall and next to the Porta da traicao postern, and even so the measurements and specification deal only with relatively minor adjustments to scarps and counterscarps at the foot of walls and towers.
The etching is an important document of the current state of the military defense system at the critical juncture of Anjou's entry, one to be recorded, disseminated, and, as evident in the accompanying text, celebrated: "and behold the counterscarps: the beautiful ditches full of clean water, clear to the very bottom of the channel, enclosed on either side with hewn stone: the great and beautiful bastions, the lovely walls, beautiful to look upon and very thick, and the broad ramparts garnished with trees planted by hand, such that it resembled a small forest." (43) This passage corresponds to a panorama of the city's walls (fig.
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.
Others did fortify and rampire their walls, set up little fortresses, bastions, squared ravelins, digged trenches, cleansed countermines, fenced themselves with gabions, contrived platforms, emptied casemates, barricaded the false brays, erected the cavaliers, repaired the counterscarps, plastered the curtains, lengthened ravelins, stopped parapets, morticed barbacans, assured the portcullises, fastened the hemes, sarasinesques, and cataracts, placed their sentries, and doubled their patrol.
(70) The outlines of the new detached and attached counterscarps and/or bastioned works are a mixture of the various ideas explored in De Gomme's draughts.
Having discussed counterscarp repairs at the Porta da traicao postern, the 1514 auto proceeds to detail scarps and counterscarps at the foot of two mutually adjacent towers--Torre do sino and Torre dos bizcainhos (Tower of the Biscayans).
Secondly, Danzilho skimped somewhat on masonry sections not directly exposed to gunfire, particularly the wet ditch bottom and the counterscarp, and probably reused stones from those portions of the thirteenth- to fifteenth-century walls that his workers pulled down in the process of modernizing the defences.