The first attempt at mounting a flamethrower in a German tank was not the result of an engineering design process but rather occurred as a field expedient, when German troops involved in the Spanish Civil War mounted small back-pack flamethrowers on their PzKpfw Is. The German authorities took up this idea and from early 1939 began to design a flamethrowing tank based on the Panzer II. This was the first in a long line of German tanks to be equipped with flamethrowers. During World War II versions of the Panzer III, Sturmgeschütz and half-track were all given flamethrowers. This book examines their development, weapons and operational use, often using original German combat reports.
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Table of Contents
Design Limitations · Panzer I · Panzer II (F) (SdKfz 122) · Panzer B2 (F) · Panzer III (FI) (SdKfz 141/3) · Stug-I (Flamm) · SdKfz 251/16 · Flammpanzer 38 · Tiger I