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  • Eisenhower expressed his “deep dismay” at “the crack of rifle-fire and the whine of jet-bombers over the deserts of Egypt.”

    Eisenhower 1956

  • Not only is Possum afraid of the sails and of rats, but he is afraid of rifle-fire, and at the first discharge goes yelping and ki-yi-ing below.


  • Over their heads, at irregular intervals, there were holes that if they led as King presumed into caves above, left not an inch of all the long passage that could not have been swept by rifle-fire.

    In The Time Of Light

  • The tunnel that led to the left was pierced in twenty places in the roof for rifle-fire; a score of men with enough ammunition could have held it forever against an army.

    In The Time Of Light

  • Then there were the prison-camps and the Jews and the grey like foreign streets full of tanks and uniforms and vecks going down in withering rifle-fire, this being the public side of it.

    Where's the show?

  • High above the door was a ledge of rock that crossed like a bridge from wall to wall, with a parapet of stone built upon it, pierced for rifle-fire.

    In The Time Of Light

  • The gravely wounded we take on our backs, carrying them several kilometers over fields spattered by rifle-fire, to the main road, where they wait for passing cars who may be willing to take them into Saigon to the General Hospital.

    The Nurse

  • One recalled a ferocious German assault barely held off by his trench, the attackers surging so close to his position that he could see every detail of their faces as they fell to his platoons frantic rifle-fire.

    Fathers & Sons

  • The best time to get wounded would be at night and in the open, with rifle-fire more or less unaimed and my whole body exposed.

    'Good-Bye to All That'

  • Standing still, we saw on the slopes of snow, under the radiant blue heaven, tiny puffs of smoke, then some small black figures crossing the snow patch, then another rattle of rifle-fire, rattling dry and unnatural in the upper, skyey air, between the rocks.

    Twilight in Italy


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