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Posted: 8/5/2005 12:53:50 AM EDT
Can someone explain what enfilade and defilade fire means?
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 12:57:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/5/2005 1:01:15 AM EDT by METT-T]
Enfilade fire is when the long axis of the beaten zone coincides with the long axis of the target. Defilade is a position taken preventing effective fires (i.e. "in defilade")

ETA: Here. I still remembered "enfilade" almost word for word.

Link Posted: 8/5/2005 1:01:07 AM EDT
Enfilade is exposed to direct fire. Defilade is cover from direct fire.

You typically set mortar positions for defilade fire where you have a FO for direction and control.

Just because a rifle is a direct fire weapon doesn't mean it cannot be used from a defilade position. Plunging fire from a MG is one example.

And yes, you can use a mortar from an enfilade position.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 1:03:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 1:32:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/5/2005 1:33:15 AM EDT by PeteCO]
What about "withering fire"? I have heard that term a few times too.

And while we're at it, what is a "free fire zone"?
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 3:29:02 AM EDT

And while we're at it, what is a "free fire zone"?

Just guessing but think it means if you can identify it as a BG you can shoot it at will.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 3:38:04 AM EDT
A free fire zone is a permissive fire support control measure in which support arms can be used without the approval of the higher headquarters. FFZ are set up within a units Zone of Action/Responsibility and allows anyone to engage an IDed target without permission.
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