Five Facts About A Terrifying Weapon Of War – The Flamethrower

Warning: contains shocking material.

This video shows the applications in the battle of one of the most terrifying weapons, psychologically, in the world.

What is a flamethrower? A flamethrower is classed as an incendiary device, which is mechanical that is specifically designed to project fire in a stream that is long and controllable.

Flamethrowers were used first by ancient Greeks, back in the 1st Century. In more modern times flamethrowers were utilized throughout the 1st World War, by the Germans, and more commonly used in the 2nd World War, the Germans used them first which led to the US creating their own version.

Not all flamethrowers are the same; some are designed to project a stream of fire that is caused by flammable liquid that has been ignited. Others are designed to project a long flame of gas. Liquids are the most common type used in military flamethrowers. Commercial devices opt to use propane and natural gases, high-pressure ones, as they are generally considered safer to use.

Military uses for flamethrowers were mainly to be used against fortifications, bunkers, etc. Civilian uses for flamethrowers tend to be more agricultural in nature; they are ideal for clearing fields and land etc.

Flamethrowers come in many forms; portable ones tend to be two part devices (a backpack for the fuel and a tube for the output). They can also be vehicle mounted for easy use.

It is not restricted by federal law to own a flamethrower in the United States, with the exception of a few states.

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.