artillery preparation


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artillery preparation

Artillery fire delivered before an attack to disrupt communications and disorganize the enemy's defense.
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This bombardment was not always effective, as the initial attack on The Somme showed, but by 1917 artillery preparation had considerably improved.
On the other hand, like the PPCLI operation in February, the operational order was issued only two days before the attack, reconnaissance on the ground was minimal, and artillery preparation, namely the destruction of enemy wire, was limited, and only partially successful.
The company advanced to the beach under much heavier fire than Alpha Company had received, because the Allied artillery preparation there had ceased.