In the 12th century Galilee was the outpost of the Christian kingdom of Jerusalem, and its borders were strongly protected by fortresses, the magnificent remains of which still crown the most important strategical points.
The town was not occupied till the following April, but with the loss of its harbour it ceased to have any political or strategical importance.
Strassburg has always been a place of great strategical importance, and as such has been strongly fortified.
From the bank of the Vistula, and at the centre of an important network of railways, connecting it with the strategical points on the Prusso-Russian frontier.
In view of its strategical position, a large garrison is concentrated in and about the town.