enfilade fire


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Related to enfilade fire: grazing fire, Plunging fire
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Noun1.enfilade fire - gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation
gunfire, gunshot - the act of shooting a gun; "the gunfire endangered innocent bystanders"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
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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.
It is likely he was killed by German enfilade fire from Pint Trench as the Battalion attacked Flers from the rear of Delville Wood as they advanced out of Brown Trench.
Sometimes he can get tangled up in his upper-class vowels and mis-speak in a way which allows his enemies to open up the kind of enfilade fire which saw him thrown off the Tory frontbench where he sat as a "National Security" adviser - a position he held even under the last Labour government.