Barrage Fire
(300 words)

Barrage Fire

A “curtain of fire” created by the artillery, that is the intense, concentrated shelling of a section of terrain to prevent attacking infantry from approaching a defensive position, or to isolate an enemy position from its rear area.

The barrage was not aimed at identified, visible targets, but instead sought to deny the enemy movement through a specific area by employing a maximum amount of firepower. Fire distribution and adjustment of the firing batteries had to be completed on schedule as part of the artillery prepara…

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Storz, Dieter, “Barrage Fire”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0053>
First published online: 2015



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