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Defensive Position

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WW2 German shell scrape thrown up in an afternoon

A defensive position is an area of ground prepared in such a way as to aid the defenders beat back an attack by an enemy.

In ancient/medieval times this might be a ditch, palisade, ring of caltrops or a line of stakes driven into the ground.

In more modern times defensive positions can range greatly from ...

  • A carefully constructed position with interlocking fields of fire, pre-registered mortars/artillery, barbed wire, mines and mutually supporting fortified bunkers...

all the way to...

  • A complete clusterfuck of Shell Scrapes thrown together in desperation as its realized that the enemy is about to overrun our collective arrses.