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enfilade

[′en·fə‚lād]
(ordnance)
To rake with gunfire; to fire down the length of a trench or line of troops.

enfilade

The alignment of a series of doors axially through a sequence of rooms.
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45pm the Brigade received hurried orders to immediately advance and attack a village, St Julien, "This village was full of machine guns and had been enfilading all the time the Canadians advance and so causing such tremendous losses.
His citation read: "He was in command of a Trench Mortar Battery, and advanced with the infantry in the attack, when the front line was hung up by enfilading machine-gun fire.
Properly sighted positions allowed defenders to pour murderous enfilading fire on densely packed infantry formations advancing through restrictive ravines and belts of barbwire entanglements.