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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2019 9:21 p.m. PST

"One of the most controversial military weapons ever invented is the flamethrower. However, fire on the battlefield goes back to the Greeks in the Peloponnesian Wars, when they would squirt flaming liquid at the enemy through giant bellows. And during the Medieval times, buckets of flame were catapulted into enemy forts and strongholds. Even during the Civil War, fire was used effectively as a method to burn entire cities and enemy forts, infrastructure, and equipment…."
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CFeicht Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2019 3:01 a.m. PST

We've moved on to thermobaric weapons.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2019 1:57 p.m. PST



Personal logo taskforce58 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2019 3:53 p.m. PST

We've moved on to thermobaric weapons.

Flamethrowers have a more personal touch though.

RudyNelson30 Jun 2019 4:28 p.m. PST

In the 1970-80s we trained to use them. Most were assigned to the Combat Engineers in my divisions.

typhoon230 Jun 2019 11:02 p.m. PST

I believe the British Army retain a few flamethrowers for clearing brush while mine clearing. They're not intended and almost certainly won't be allowed for use as weapons. Pity since a warning burst of flame – as practised by Crocodiles and Wasps in WW2 – was a poweful incentive to surrender and thus saved a fair few lives on both sides.

Major Mike01 Jul 2019 7:46 a.m. PST

In the 80's I remember seeing a couple at the Forward Support Battalion for 1st Brigade, 1st AD.

mckrok01 Jul 2019 1:17 p.m. PST

Yes, the flamethrower is considered a legal weapon according to the laws of land warfare.


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