gun line

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gun line (plural gun lines)

  1. (military) the tactical firing position of artillery or naval guns
    • 1998, Curt Johnson, Richard Claire Anderson, chapter 1, in Artillery Hell: The Employment of Artillery at Antietam[1], →ISBN, page 28:
      The guidon-bearer was placed by the battery commander to mark the right of the gun line, with the gun platoon aligned to his left.
    • 2013 March, “The Firepower Behind the Army”, in Army Life: Your guide to the Royal Artillery[2], UK MoD, page 9:
      As soon as Lee reaches the Command Post, Matthew directs him forward to the gun line where the crews are preparing the Light Guns.
    • 1917 July 1, Army War College, “Third British Army, Artillery Instructions, No. 3 Notes on the Organization of a Battery for Active Operations”, in Field Artillery Notes[3], number 4, page 53:
      The executive at the gun line is responsible for the drill and fire discipline of the battery.
    • 1916 June 10, “The Mountain Gun and Mule Team”, in Scientific American: Supplement[4], volume 81, number 2110, page 372:
      A mountain battery is divided into a "Gun Line" and an "Ammunition Line." Six guns and twelve ammunition-mules form the "Gun Line."


  • Boyer, Richard (2007) Dictionary of Military terms[5], 3 edition, London: A&C Black, →ISBN, archived from the original on 9 April 2012, page 113:the fire position of a battery
  • Gun Line”, in TERMIUM Plus, Government of Canada Translation Bureau, 1998 03, retrieved 2013