Flanking Fire

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Flanking Fire

 

artillery, tank, or small arms fire, directed at the flank of a target. Flanking fire, especially when directed at open targets, is significantly more effective than frontal or oblique fire; it is also more efficient, requiring less ammunition and time to hit or destroy a target (for more details on the types of fire, see).

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References in classic literature ?
The Second Rhodesian Regiment had immediately taken possession of the abandoned trench and from this position their flanking fire had raked contiguous sections of the German line, the diversion rendering possible a successful night attack on the part of the balance of the British forces.
The moat, widened and deepened, completely encircled three sides of the castle, running between the inner and outer walls, which were set at intervals with small projecting towers so pierced that a flanking fire from long bows, cross bows and javelins might be directed against a scaling party.
With the Canadian Corps occupying the summit of Vimy Ridge, these attacks would be free from German flanking fire. At the same time, forward artillery observers on the ridge could overlook German movement and direct fire on German installations.
For the Army, the batwing will be considered when designing or conducting training on ranges that involve fire and movement, fire and maneuver, flanking fire, and/or when ricochet hazards outside the range boundary may endanger nonparticipating personnel." Essentially, you can use * [the cone SDZ] while conducting ** [fire and maneuver] as long as you considered using *** [the batwing SDZ] first.
Many self-styled authorities mistakenly believe it is synonymous with flanking fire. This is not strictly true, because if a single column of enemy troops, as in a patrol, were advancing with their long axis perpendicular (or normal) to the front line, then enfilade engagement in this example would mean firing with the machine gun pointed at the first man in the single file, and thus it would also be frontal fire, and yet the long axis of the beaten zone would coincide with the long axis of the column of troops.
It was said that a SS (JSS?)or Fatherland group in Colombo, (Germany's own) gave covert flanking fire. If so their local collaborators, fittingly the same lot that started a pogrom against the Tamils in 1983, gave another convincing performance of their deadly potential.
The star shape allowed the garrison to use flanking fire and to sweep the glacis of attacking infantry.
The clash was a disaster for the British.--Taking cover behind trees, de Beaujeu's men raked the long lines of regulars with deadly flanking fire. Bayonets fixed, they moved forward in dressed ranks as if on parade, presenting irresistible targets in their red tunics, and webbing pipeclayed to a shining white.
Flanking fire and overhead fire make the cover of an engine deck smaller than you would think.
In the afternoon of the third day I was sent out again for ammunition when the enemy broke through the French lines on our right leaving us open to a heavy flanking fire, so we had to retire to keep in contact with the French.