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Dudley Pope in his book The Battle of the River Plate (London 1956, revised edition 1987) whilst describing the early moments of the engagement on board the Ajax has:
“the range was corrected and a zig-zag group – the guns being so elevated that the salvoes would fall in a zig-zag pattern – fired”.
I have a dim memory that the concept of a zig-zag group evolved in the years before WW2 and consisted of two salvoes fired to bracket the target and a third fired at a range intermediate between those. However, I cannot remember the spacing (and I cannot quote an authority).