Flamethrower
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Flamethrower

Weapon designed for tactical attacks against military targets by means of a stream of fire. Flammable oil is sprayed from a pressurized container through a tube and automatically ignited upon leaving the tube. The development of flamethrowers began in Germany shortly before the First World War. The Germans produced heavy-duty stationary flamethrowers with a capacity to hold 100 liters of fuel oil, which had a range of about 50 m, and small, portable units with a fuel reservoir of 10 …

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Gross, Gerhard P., “Flamethrower”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0205>
First published online: 2015



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