A Barrage (from French of the same spelling) is the “barrier formed by artillery fire. In land warfare to "put down" a barrage meant to concentrate artillery fire to clear ground on a line parallel to the front of an infantry attack and paralyze the defence. The main Naval barrage in the First World War was across the Straights of Dover, and was designed to keep enemy submarines from interfering with the passage of transport across, and merchant traffic in general.” 
See also: Bombardment.
Glossary of words and phrases
The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of Great Britain during the Great War. Included are trench slang, service terms, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, the titles and origins of British and Commonwealth Regiments, and warfare in general. These words and phrases are contemporary to the war, which is reflected in the language used. They have been transcribed from three primary sources (see Contents). Feel free to expand upon and improve this content.
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References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.18.