creeping barrage


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creeping barrage

[′krē·piŋ bə′räzh]
(ordnance)
An artillery barrage that precedes infantry soldiers at a predetermined rate in their attack to protect them and facilitate their advance.
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With the launch of the infantry assault the Canadian artillery shifted to a creeping barrage.
The advance of the creeping barrage could not be altered once the attack started.
I watched British troops cross the river at night under a spectacular creeping barrage," said Sid, "but the incident that is most vivid in my memory was the bombing and shelling of Monte Cassino Monastery.
McNaughton became the advocate of a creeping barrage that would stun an enemy position until Allied troops swept in.
As they advanced in open order across a field behind a creeping barrage, to his surprise, "We began to see Germans all over the place, very much alive, running about.
This creeping barrage, provided by more than 200 field guns, helped subdue those defenders who remained in position after the preliminary bombardment had pounded their positions into pulp.
Some tanks had little time to spare before the creeping barrage began.
Preparations were meticulous; the creeping barrage innovative; counter-fire on enemy artillery effective and the inter-play between four divisions drawn from all parts of Canada was magnificent.
Creeping barrages and counter-artillery fire became much more effective, and the machine gun came into prominence as an offensive weapon.