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A simple question from a simple man

whats the difference between barrage-bombardment

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I’d have thought a barrage was a lengthy form of bombardment, but no doubt the artillery experts will clarify shortly.

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From Royal Artillery Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations  -Phil Jonson

 

 Barrage " is a moving or stationary (standing) belt of fire providing a protective screen behind which the attackers or defenders are positioned"

 

Bombardment " a concentration of fire on to a target"

 

I would view a barrage as a series of pre planned targets  - a modern day fire plan. A bombardment as engaging a target, so a barrage could be regarded a a series of bombardments. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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thank you both,:thumbsup:

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To my mind, barrage implies intensity, while bombardment suggests prolongation.

 

Then again, does the word “barrage” share a provenance with “barrier “ , thereby speaking of interdiction or interception, as if to keep things pinned down or separate ?

 

The “ creeping barrage “ says it all.

 

When I think of the artillery prelude to a Great War offensive, I associate bombardment with long softening up, and barrage with culminating fury.

 

We use the expression “ when the barrage lifts”, rather than “when the bombardment lifts “, which surely has some significance.

 

Phil

 

 

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thank you fro reply,after reading a few wd I think  post 3 is correct ,as you say creeping barrage says it all 

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