- a more or less continuous chain of redoubts and breastworks raised by besiegers outside the line of circumvallation of a besieged place to protect the besiegers from attacks from the outside, as by a relieving force.
Origin of contravallation
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Examples from the Web for contravallation
The other covered the siege, and secured himself from the allies by lines of contravallation.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.
On the 20th I continued working on the lines of contravallation, under a dreadful fire from the place.
The old system of intrenched camps and lines of contravallation is unsuited to the spirit of modern warfare.Elements of Military Art and Science
Henry Wager Halleck
Around the great tête de pont, he contented himself with raising a contravallation, which cut off the two roads.
Before help arrived, Anseric had had time to kill or put to flight all who were guarding the contravallation.
- fortifications built by besiegers around the place besieged
C17: from contra- + Latin vallātiō entrenchment; compare French contrevallation
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