Point d'appui

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A point d'appui (French for fulcrum), in military theory, is a location where troops are assembled prior to a battle. Often a monument is erected to commemorate the point d'appui for notable battles. In some battles there may be more than a single point d'appui.[1]

An example is the Catto Long Barrow in eastern Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which is located at the point d'appui of a historic battle between Vikings and Picts.[2]

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  1. ^ F. C. Heath, 1911
  2. ^ C. M. Hogan, 2008


  • F. C. Heath (1911) The Royal Engineers Journal, vol. XIV, Royal Engineers Institute, W. & J. Mackay & Co., Ltd
  • C. Michael Hogan (2008)"Catto Long Barrow fieldnotes", Modern Antiquarian