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Fire is one of humanity's most rudimentary tools, but also one of its oldest killers. This focus of this book is a weapon that has literally placed the power of fire in human hands - the man-portable flamethrower. From its very first use in World War I to its deployment in Vietnam, the weapon has proven to be devastatingly effective, not least because of its huge psychological impact on enemy troops - few other weapons in history have caused such terror. Yet despite this, the man-portable flamethrower has always been vulnerable, suffering from a very particular set of limitations, all of which are explored here, as are some lesser-known capabilities such as the ability to 'bounce' a stream of flammable liquid off the interior surfaces of fortified structures. Featuring expert analysis, first-hand accounts, and a startling array of illustrations and photographs, this book is the definitive guide to an extraordinary chapter in the history of military technology.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Development: Controlling the flames /Use: Unleashing hell /Impact: A new world order /Conclusion /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published Aug 18 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472809025
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 14 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Weapon
Short code WPN 41
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Chris McNab

Dr Chris McNab specializes in military history and…

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Steve Noon

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art…

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Alan Gilliland

Alan Gilliland, a contributor to more than 70 Ospr…

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