Deep targets are engaged with searching fire. When range is announced, it is given to the midpoint of the target.
Machineguns in Pairs. The point of initial lay on a deep target for both guns is on the midpoint, which is also the point of division. Normally, the number 1 gun has the near half and the number 2 gun the far half- Since enfilade fire is being delivered, it is not necessary to adjust on the midpoint of the target, because the long beaten zone will compensate for any range errors. After the initial burst, the right gun searches down to one aiming point in front of the near end of the target and the left gun searches up to one aiming point beyond the far end. Both gunners then reverse their direction of search and return to the midpoint.
One Maehinegun* A single gunner initially lays on the midpoint of a deep target unless another portion of the target is more critical. The gunner then searches down to one aiming point in front of the near end and back up to one aiming point beyond the far end.
The center of mass of hard-to-identify deep targets may be designated by using reference points as for linear targets, except that the extent (depth) of the target is always given in meters.
Example of a fire command with the reference point INSIDE the target area:
REFERENCE: BUNKER, CENTER MASS
TARGET: TROOPS EXTENDING SHORT 100 (meters), OVER 100 (meters)
ENGAGING DEEP TARGETS
Example of a fire command with the reference point OUTSIDE the target area:
REFERENCE: BUNKER, RIGHT FOUR, CENTER MASS
TARGET: TROOPS EXTENDING SHORT 100, OVER 100
AT MY COMMAND FIRE
LINEAR TARGETS WITH DEPTH
Linear targets with depth are engaged with traversing and searching fire. The range is given to the midpoint.
Machine guns in Pairs. The method of division, the point of initial lay and adjustment, and the extent of manipulation
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