After carving terraces into the sloped ground to create the foundations for their cabins, the soldiers would use the debris from this process to create paths linking the cabins. They then constructed small wooden cabins, more often than not resting on a brick base. These structures were between 8 and 10 metres long and 4 and 5 metres wide, with a sloping roof generally made of tarred canvas and covered with foliage. The front façade was generally equipped with a door and one or two windows. These were comfortable lodgings, each with its own stove against the back wall. Period photographs reveal that these little houses were often adorned with exterior decorations crafted from birch branches.