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Enfilade Fire

Definition of the noun enfilade fire

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  1. gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of enfilade fire: enfilade
    • more generic words: gunfire / gunshot = the act of shooting a gun

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Google previewMilitary Dictionary (1861)

by H. L. Scott

Enfilade fire is when the battery is ranged perpendicularly to the prolongation of the crest of a parapet, or to a line of troops, so that the shot flies in the same direction, or parallel to the line or parapet, sweeping along from one end to the other.

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (1999)

by Richard Bowyer

adjective capable of engaging the entire frontage or length of a formation or position; our advance was halted by heavy enfilade fire 2 verb to engage the entire frontage or length of a formation or position ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

troublemaker fire-breathing monster dragon fire-bug arsonist, fire-raiser, incendiary fire crime arson firedog andiron fire escape emergency exit fire extinguisher sprinkler fire frame cresset fire from artillery enfilade fire fuel charcoal, coal, logs ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1894)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature

It may, however, happen that the commands are so situated as to give an enfilade fire alon both the faces AB, AB" (fig. 23). In this case a smal work D.A D' is formed in connection with the parapet, by drawing lines parallel to the crests CB and ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Battles (2012)

Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present by David Eggenberger

For two hours enfilade fire from the redoubts stopped the Cumberland assault in its tracks. The duke then formed 14,000 infantrymen into a compact wedge. Despite the continued deadly fire, the allies marched between two redoubts straight ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Westen Cultures (2013)

by Helaine Selin

Forts and city walls were built of mud or stones and at times topped with thorn thickets with cunningly concealed entrances to stop enfilade fire. The Kano city wall, which by the nineteenth century measured 30 feet high, 40 feet thick at the base ...

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