Gabion

  • Medieval Era
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

In The Middle Ages, a Gabion was a rounded wooden or wicker-type basket or cage. They featured open tops and sealed bottoms. In terms of fortifying a position for early artillery, the Gabions were set up in a pre-determined defensive or offensive arrangement. They were filled with rocks and dirt and staked into the ground (or tided to other Gabions). This arrangement provided a quick protective structure. Archers, Crossbowmen and Arquebusers used Gabions for protection as did early cannon batteries. They were also used for protection of early trench systems. The Gabion system was used for centuries (and is still used in various modern fashions today).