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Thread: Flamethrower pics
11-26-2009, 11:47 AM #1
Here are 19 vintage pics of flamethrowers from different countries. Some shown in training - others appear to be in actual combat. SW
Last edited by 5thDragoons; 11-26-2009 at 11:50 AM. Reason: grammarOf all the things I ever lost, I miss my mind the most.
11-26-2009, 09:10 PM #2
Never wanted to be around those things - dangerous and cantankerous.Absent comrades (sound of breaking glass)
11-26-2009, 10:11 PM #3
In '69, a Russian LPO 50 flame thrower was found in a cache in extreme northwestern Quang Tri province. Not a pleasant thing to contemplate. SWOf all the things I ever lost, I miss my mind the most.
11-27-2009, 02:14 AM #4
In the early days one SF camp was over run by badguys with flame throwers.
There were also some other incidents.
I scrounged up a crated US model we used to burn brush in our wire.
Messy, complicated, and scary as all get out.
We finally ran out of the igniter thingies.
11-27-2009, 10:42 PM #5
Musta took a different kind of breed to carry one of those around. Cool pics.Even if all my bones are broken
I will drag myself back from the edge
11-28-2009, 12:05 PM #6
I've seen pictures somewhere (not on web - though I don't doubt it is by now) of the results of flamethrowers in action. A couple of people fleeing positions after being hit. People wrapped in jellied gas and running aren't pleasant. And one of a guy who was carrying one and was hit by small arms. rupturing the tank - and igniting the contents. I wouldn't call that a good way to buy a farm (there are no "good ways", but that would be worse than most).Absent comrades (sound of breaking glass)
11-29-2009, 04:14 PM #7
And yet, I don't think flamethrowers are regulated by the ATF! I can't think of a much more "destructive device"!:eek:
11-29-2009, 04:30 PM #8Purists of the world, unite!
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
― Samuel Adams
11-29-2009, 06:20 PM #9
I spoke with someone who was at that cache which had been ratted out by a "chu hoi". He said there was a cylinder of compressed gas that generated a lot of interest - it was completely different from the flamethrower cylinders, he said. Claimed it was taken out by itself on a helicopter.
Poison gas? We will never know now, so I just consider it an interesting "war story". SWOf all the things I ever lost, I miss my mind the most.
11-30-2009, 03:59 PM #10
Most of the time a flame thrower won't go up in an explosion of flames if hit by a rifle bullet, unless it is a tracer (possibly) ....
It took quite a bit of spark from the "match" at the end of the tube to ignite that stuff !!"The deadliest weapon in the world is a U.S. MARINE and his rifle!"GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
11-30-2009, 08:16 PM #11
The photos I saw (series of stills from a movie shot by a combat cameraman, it appeared) showed a guy flaming a target when the tank was hit and ruptured, with the fuel then spraying around and ignited by the drips from the flame rod (which of course immediately stopped being ejected when the pressure was lost). Not nice, but fascinating in a horrid way.
Last edited by Clyde; 12-01-2009 at 05:13 PM.Absent comrades (sound of breaking glass)
12-01-2009, 04:55 PM #12
What happened to the post I submitted with the 2 pictures of the flamethrower being demonstrated & why?“Americans talk a lot about the value of freedom, but are actually afraid of anyone who truly exhibits it”.
: Billy (The kid / Dennis Hopper).
12-04-2009, 03:23 PM #13
echo“Americans talk a lot about the value of freedom, but are actually afraid of anyone who truly exhibits it”.
: Billy (The kid / Dennis Hopper).