Infantry Drills

F-34: Plunging Fires

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F-34. Plunging fire occurs when there is little or no danger space from the muzzle of the weapon to the beaten zone. It occurs when weapons fire at long range, when firing from high ground to low ground, when firing into abruptly rising ground, or when firing across uneven terrain, resulting in a loss of grazing fire at points along the trajectory. (See figure F-10.)

Figure F-10. Classes of fire with respect to the ground

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