Flèche (fortification)

This article is about the fortification. For the architectural feature, see Flèche.
Sketch showing the principle of a redan and flèche

A flèche (Fr. for "arrow") is an outwork consisting of two converging faces with a parapet and an open gorge, forming an arrowhead shape facing the enemy.[1]

The flèche is similar in plan to other defensive works like the ravelin and demi-lune, but smaller and built in front of the glacis. It was thus part of the outworks of a fortress. It was usually placed in front of the point of a bastion in order to create an additional level of fire.

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