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Final Protective Fire

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The deliberate calling down of artillery (and possibly air strikes) onto your own position due to a particularly persistent enemy being about to overrun your lovingly created defensive position.

Note: this is a deliberate action and should be considered differently from friendly forces accidentally shelling you. This would be Friendly fire.

A Gunner writes: the above definition may be true of Hollywood Vietnam films, but real FPF is not usually on your own position, but is often on the likely en final FUP or LD.

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