from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A narrow shallow trench dug during combat for the protection of a single soldier or a small group of soldiers.
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- n. narrow trench for shelter in battle
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Master Corporal Terry and Private Gordie Miller, for example, felt they were at the centre of the bombardment but, in fact, owed their survival to the fact that they occupied a slit trench beyond the eastern apex of the village boundary.
Pathetic cries from a cellar overcame Private John Grime's sense of self-preservation, compelling him to quit his slit trench and plunge among the ruins in an attempt to rescue a trapped civilian and a badly injured Canadian soldier.
Sergeant Al Hobbs, of November Company (if he had not been pinned to his slit trench by fear of a sniper in Favorite who had recently nicked his helmet with a well-aimed shot), was engrossed in responsibility and therefore stimulated.
As gun flashes to the front betrayed the BMPs and T72s, when they started to shoot overhead, into the buildings behind (the Russian gunners, to a man, not bothering to seek and find targets outside the built-up area), Miller shouted at Terry and then kicked him into seizing a weapon, calling at the same rime to the occupants of the next slit trench to watch their front.