What is Raking Fire?

Introduction In (sailing) naval warfare, raking fire is fire directed parallel to the long axis of an enemy ship from ahead or astern. Background Although each shot is directed against a smaller target profile than by shooting broadside and thus more likely to miss the target ship to one side or the other, an individual… Read More


What is Enfilade and Defilade?

Introduction Enfilade and defilade are concepts in military tactics used to describe a military formation’s exposure to enemy fire. A formation or position is “in enfilade” if weapons fire can be directed along its longest axis. A unit or position is “in defilade” if it uses natural or artificial obstacles to shield or conceal itself… Read More