covering fire


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covering fire

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(Military) military firing intended to protect an individual or formation making a movement by forcing the enemy to take cover

covering fire

1. Fire used to protect troops when they are within range of enemy small arms.
2. In amphibious usage, fire delivered prior to the landing to cover preparatory operations such as underwater demolition or minesweeping. See also fire.
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Noun1.covering fire - fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations; "artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
firing, fire - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
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Summary: The structures and signs were found covering fire extinguisher nozzles, light poles, pavements, traffic signs and stormwater drainage covers
During the campaign, the Municipality detected 269 eyesores covering fire extinguisher nozzles, lighting poles, pavements, directional traffic signs, asphalt & road markings, and stormwater drainage covers.
Another armed intruder was injured and covering fire by Pakistan posts facilitated his extrication.
When an area is well defended, supporting units can provide covering fire and converge on the enemy defenses, engaging the defenses (hopefully) long enough for the goal to be reached.
It was significant that the attack was preceded by covering fire from Pakistani posts in Battal sector.
INDIAN Army destroyed two Pakistani posts along the Line of Control opposite the Krishna Ghati sector for providing covering fire to the Pakistani border action team that killed and mutilated two Indian soldiers on Monday.
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He covers the time he spent in Vietnam in six roughly chronological chapters devoted to his first six weeks in the country, his hospitalization for a malaria-type fever and assignments covering fire stations and supply drops from October through December of 1970, his first two months in the jungle in 1971, the shrinking of the press corps throughout 1971, the lead up to the end of the conflict, and his last months in the country.
Brodeur and Roberts were able to lay down covering fire while actively advising the pilot and co-pilot on the location of the tail rotor section to keep the aircraft from hitting the surrounding tree line.
We quickly reloaded our magazines, which took us a couple of seconds, turned around, and ran towards our trench, each of us in turn halting to fire five rounds covering fire at the enemy's trench.
However, the Russian Defense Ministry description of the rescue said nothing about Soleymani, saying the rescue was mounted by Syrian troops advancing under covering fire from Russian helicopters.
Now, in one walk around the block, you see people that do not shovel at all, people that shovel their drives and pile the snow on the sidewalk at the edge of their neighbor, people that use something akin to a small beach shovel wide, and so close to a fence you have to lean away from it to walk, people that live on corner lots that shovel both walks, but then pile all the snow on the corner, blocking it (and sometimes covering fire hydrants) and not shoveling out to connecting streets, and lastly and most disturbing is businesses that are doing some of the same things.