gun line



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 0890966230, 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 03, “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, “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 978-1-4081-0210-7, page 113: “the fire position of a battery”
  • “Gun Line”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[6], Government of Canada Translation Bureau, 03 1998, retrieved 2013