Friday, March 01, 2013

Alzheim's Girdle forts 1867

Ballonists' eye view of Werke XXXVII
 Loosely based on the Friedrichsau work of the federal Fortress of Ulm in the 1850s, is this engineers model of one of Alzheim's several outer works for the defence of the city of Alz.

A simple polygonal work with a wall capable of being swept by rifle fire both from an infantry firing step on the parapet frontally and in enfilade from the caponiers (flankenturms to the Germans) projecting into the ditch. Currently missing from this model is the brick wall enclosing the gorge of the work. It was made deliberately thin to allow it to be easily breached by artillery in the main fortress should this outwork be taken.
Prussian infantry about to suffer a dreadful fate in the assault
Some interpretations of this kind of work in the Alzheimer context also incorporate a keep capable of dominating the interior of the work and a square, detatched caponier standing in the ditch to defend the gorge wall.


Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Very nice! And where did you manage to find those wooden spools (???) that form the towers?

Best Regards,

Von Tschatschke

Bloggerator said...

Glad you like it. The caponiers were cut from a piece of pine block and a plank with a circular-saw drill-bit. Laminated them together with some white glue and weighed them down with a half-brick.