supporting artillery


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supporting artillery

Artillery that executes fire missions in support of a specific unit, usually infantry, but remains under the command of the next higher artillery commander.
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blitzkrieg--with its coordinated application of ground strafing aircraft, tanks, advancing infantry, and supporting artillery, was first used against the Germans in the Hundred Day campaign.
Today's computers and their accompanying processing power enable the delivery of supporting artillery fires to return to the gun.
Fortunately, the AFP was able to get the data required by its protocol to render supporting artillery fire.
Trained and equipped to fight against a likely Israeli aggression, the mechanized forces and supporting artillery are capable of "softening" rival targets and rounding them up with the help of the infantry provided by the Republican Guard and loyal militia.
When a ground unit first comes in contact with an opposing force, its first action is frequently to contact the supporting artillery unit to provide suppressive fires.
As an FO, he worked with a front-line infantry unit, calling in and adjusting supporting artillery fire.
I must now admit that as an Infantry rifle company commander in World War II in Europe, I counted greatly on our supporting artillery and on our battalion fire support officer.
Naylor is perhaps a bit disingenuous when he points out that the brigade of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) deployed to Afghanistan without supporting artillery, since it is hard to imagine sustaining artillery by air for very long.
While other battalions sweeping the valley elected to use the supporting artillery fire to clear their march routes, McDade declined--an ill-fated decision for the men of the 2-7 Cavalry.

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