John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 146

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Oblique and Enfilade Fire

     It is clear that a gun shield

or parapet will afford less protection to men behind it

when fired at "Obliquely" and none at all when taken

in flank. Therefore artillery should never miss a chance

of using Enfilade fire


 Drawing of a horizontal 45°  line labeled "A" and a perpendicular vertical line labeled "B" 


Thus of two targets "A" and "B", fire on "B" at 6000 yards is

likely to be more effective than fire on "A" at 3000 yards

The extent to which this nature of fire can be used on the

battlefield depends upon the ground and on the perfection

of the communications even in open ground affording a distant

laterial views, it would be liable to create confusion

if each battery fired at the target opposite to another battery

But when all are in communication with the O.R.A.

he can allot the target to the best advantages

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Oblique and Enfilade Fire

     It is clear that a gun shield

or parapet will afford less protection to men behind it

when fired at "Obliquely" and none at all when taken

in flank. Therefore artillery should never miss a chance

of using Enfilade fire


 Drawing of a horizontal 45°  line labeled "A" and a perpendicular vertical line labeled "B" 


Thus of two targets "A" and "B", fire on "B" at 6000 yards is

likely to be more effective than fire on "A" at 3000 yards

The extent to which this nature of fire can be used on the

battlefield depends upon the ground and on the perfection

of the communications even in open ground affording a distant

laterial views, it would be liable to create confusion

if each battery fired at the target opposite to another battery

But when all are in communication with the O.R.A.

he can allot the target to the best advantages


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  • April 3, 2017 01:49:41 Cheryl Ellsworth

    Oblique and Enfilade Fire

         It is clear that a gun shield

    or parapet will afford less protection to men behind it

    when fired at "Obliquely" and none at all when taken

    in flank. Therefore artillery should never miss a chance

    of using Enfilade fire


     Drawing of a horizontal 45°  line labeled "A" and a perpendicular vertical line labeled "B" 


    Thus of two targets "A" and "B", fire on "B" at 6000 yards is

    likely to be more effective than fire on "A" at 3000 yards

    The extent to which this nature of fire can be used on the

    battlefield depends upon the ground and on the perfection

    of the communications even in open ground affording a distant

    laterial views, it would be liable to create confusion

    if each battery fired at the target opposite to another battery

    But when all are in communication with the O.R.A.

    he can allot the target to the best advantages

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