The Flamethrower

Description

The focus of this book is a weapon that has literally placed the power of fire in human hands - the man-portable flamethrower. This formidable weapon first saw battlefield use in the hands of German troops during World War I, and went on to arm the forces of many countries in World War II and beyond. Capable of inflicting horrific injuries - or of using up the oxygen supply inside a building, causing the occupants to suffocate - it projected a stream of flammable liquid, which could be `bounced' off the interior surfaces of tunnels, buildings and other defended structures to reach deep inside a fortification. From its combat debut to its deployment in Vietnam, Chechnya and elsewhere, the flamethrower has proven to be devastatingly effective, not least because of its huge psychological impact on enemy troops. Yet despite this, the weapon and its operators have always been vulnerable, suffering from a very particular set of limitations, all of which are explored here. Featuring expert analysis, first-hand accounts and a startling array of illustrations and photographs, this is the definitive guide to an extraordinary chapter in the history of military technology.

Details

Author(s)
Chris McNab, Steve Noon, Alan Gilliland
Format
Paperback | 80 pages
Dimensions
184 x 248 x 7mm | 263g
Publication date
18 Aug 2015
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Osprey Publishing
Publication City/Country
New York, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
50 b/w; 14 col
ISBN10
1472809025
ISBN13
9781472809025
Bestsellers rank
79,890