Used in combat since the 1st century AD, flamethrowers have both captivated and terrified people around the world.
The modern flamethrower was first introduced by the German Army in World War I and was quickly adopted by nations worldwide.
Thanks to this video from Military.com, here are 5 things you don’t know about flamethrowers:
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And you can’t tell the tale of flamethrowers without mentioning United States Marine Hershel “Woody” Williams and the flamethrower heroics that earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor:
For anyone not interested in watching a video about flamethrowers (as strange as that may be), here are the facts from the video:
1 – The Commander of Germany’s first flamethrower unit was a firefighter prior to the war.
2 – The first standard tank flamethrowers were created in October 1943
3 – The majority of casualties from flamethrowers resulted from troops being shot after they ran in panic
4 – “Zippo” boats were first created by parking flame throwing armored personnel carriers (APCs) on landing craft.
5 – The general public can purchase and own a flamethrower.