enfilade fire


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Related to enfilade fire: grazing fire, Plunging fire
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gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation

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Throughout the morning, positions on the hill directed artillery and mortar fire on the 3rd Division's advance while enfilade fire from machine guns swept through the ranks.
One of the most common situations that results in casualties at the JRTC village is that of a soldier hit by enfilade fire from a building adjacent to the one he is assaulting that is not covered by friendly fire.
He won the Victoria Cross on the Somme when, during an attack, enfilade fire was opened on the company by a Ger-He won the Victoria Cross on the Somme when, during an attack, enfilade fire was opened on the company by a German machine gun.
Coltman, a stretcher bearer, hearing that wounded had been left behind during a retirement, went forward alone in the face of fierce enfilade fire, found the casualties, dressed them and on three successive occasions, carried comrades on his back to safety, thus saving their lives.
IT takes genius to end up taking enfilade fire from both sides in a political firefight, but Gordon Brown has that in abundance.
Again, Dunsterville decided to leave, and in the mid-afternoon sent a note to the government that his troops were retreating to the harbour and preparing to embark because the cowardice of the Armenians left his troops exposed to enfilade fire and capture.
During an attack, a very heavy enfilade fire was opened on the attacking company by a hostile machine gun.