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The semicircular rampart at the Dannewerk, near Bustrup, 1864. Creator: Unknown

The semicircular rampart at the Dannewerk, near Bustrup, 1864. Creator: Unknown


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The semicircular rampart at the Dannewerk, near Bustrup, 1864. Creator: Unknown

The semicircular rampart at the Dannewerk, near Bustrup, 1864. The Dannewerk as it now stands consists essentially of three distinct and separate earth-walls, which, small as they may appear in the accompanying map, are, nevertheless, works of tremendous extent, and defences which the best engineers admit to be almost impregnable. To the east stretches the "Oster-wolden, " as it is termed, and which, literally translated, means the eastern rampart; while towards the west side of the coast extends the "Krum-wolden" (crooked rampart), together with the slanting Dannewerk proper, the greater part of which goes by the name of Valdemar's Wall...as it existed previous to the present improvements. These ramparts consist essentially of enormous earth-mounds or dykes, arranged like the mouth of a funnel, so as to drive any invading army up into the narrowest possible channel, at which point the "Bruckenkopf" or, tete-du-pont, is situated, where, from the great strength of the batteries, it would be almost impossible for any body of troops to force a passage'. From "Illustrated London News", 1864

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This stunning print captures the semicircular rampart at the Dannewerk, near Bustrup in 1864. The intricate details of this historical site are brought to life through the lens of an unknown creator, showcasing the impressive earth-walls that make up this almost impregnable defense system. The Oster-wolden and Krum-wolden stretch out towards the east and west, creating a formidable barrier against any potential invaders. The Valdemar's Wall stands as a testament to ancient engineering prowess, with enormous earth-mounds strategically arranged to funnel any approaching army into a narrow channel. At the heart of it all lies the Bruckenkopf or tete-du-pont, where strong batteries would make it nearly impossible for enemy troops to breach. As we gaze upon this image from "Illustrated London News" in 1864, we are transported back in time to an era where military fortifications were not just structures but symbols of power and protection. The attention to detail in this photograph allows us to appreciate the sheer magnitude of these defenses and marvel at their enduring strength throughout history.

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