artillery preparation


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artillery preparation

Artillery fire delivered before an attack to disrupt communications and disorganize the enemy's defense.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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The Weekly Dispatch reported at the time: "It stands out in the memory of most riflemen as the tragic example of an attack carried out without that artillery preparation which alone could give it hope of success, and the disastrous result of which had such a stimulating effect upon the production of munitions at home.
"The German infiltration tactics of 1918 can be summarized under four headings: Artillery preparation; the combined arms assault or storm battalion; rejection of the linear advance in favor of bypassing enemy centers of resistance; and attacks to disorganize the enemy rear area."
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.
(23) However, the threat of an Entente offensive on the Somme (the preliminary artillery preparation commenced on 24 June), the continuing battle at Verdun, and Falkenhayn's declaration on 25 May that German reinforcements would only be sent to the Southwest front if the Russians transferred troops from the German front (where they outnumbered German forces three to one) signified that no assistance would be immediately forthcoming.