Infantry Drills

F-40: Oblique Fire

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F-40. Gunners and automatic riflemen achieve oblique fire when the long axis of the beaten zone is at an angle other than a right angle to the front of the target. (See figures F-11, page F-16, and F-13, page F-17.)

Figure F-11. Classes of fire with respect to the target
Figure F-12. Frontal fire and flanking fire
Figure F-13. Oblique fire and enfilade fire

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