Slit Trench

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Slit Trench

 

a short trench dug 1.5–2 m deep and designed to provide shelter during a nuclear explosion, an artillery bombardment, an air raid, or a tank attack. A slit trench may adjoin a fire trench and may be open at the top or have a splinter-proof covering made of wood and sod.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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