creeping barrage


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creeping barrage

A barrage in which the fire of all units participating remains in the same relative position throughout and which advances in steps of one line at a time.
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A creeping barrage is a line of men who slowly creep towards the enemy lines, to create cover for the soldiers advancing behind.
As they began to march or run across the devastated, cratered landscape of No Man's Land, the British artillery laid down a creeping barrage - but the German machine gunners now came up from their concrete shelters and began a withering fire.
I watched British troops cross the river at night under a spectacular creeping barrage," said Sid, "but the incident that is most vivid in my memory was the bombing and shelling of Monte Cassino Monastery.
In the era of "surgical strikes" and surface-to-air missiles, the notion of trench warfare, bayonet charges and the creeping barrage seems other worldly.
The creeping barrage became standard and is mentioned about 50 times by the authors.