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Petroleum Warfare: Greek Fire Redux or Improvised vermin exterminator.



If ever a weapon deserved the term “Horrific” it is probably the Flamethrower. Many armies seem to have phased it out of service, at least publicly.

From a reader:

So, they like to ride around, all bunched up and bogged down with plate carriers, inside noisy, clumsy armored machines while toting their little popguns?


Quote: The one thing that they CANNOT do when coated with jellied gasoline, is shoot anything. All they can do is stand there staring at you with big, soft, houndawg eyes, waiting……

Think Einstossflammenwerfer 46

Update with modern materials. PVC, fiberglass, hardware store plumbing. External pressure tank. Disposable, cheap, homemade. Scale to your needs. Man portable vs. fixed, concealed. Wetshot and stand off with a flare gun vs. ignition at the source.

Source: Western Rifle Shooters Association


Incendiary Weapons

Napalm, is a mixture of petroleum and a chemical thickner which produces a tough sticky gel that attaches itself to the skin. The igniting agent, white phosphorus, continues burning for a considerable amount of time. Three quarters of all napalm victims  were burned through to the muscle and bone (fifth degree burns). The pain caused by the burning is so traumatic that it often causes death.

Napalm is made by mixing the aluminum soap powder of naphthene and palmitate (naphthenic and palmitic acids) with gasoline. “Napalm-B,” uses 46 percent polystyrene, 33 percent gasoline and 21 percent benzene.

The danger of white phosphorus is that it is super-hot and very flammable. It continues to burn for up to a minute after impact, allowing it to burn through armor and, eventually get to the person inside. It will even burn when submerged under water.

White phosphorus munitions, upon explosion, distribute particles over a wide swath of area. They burn spontaneously in the air and will continue to burn until all white phosphorus particles have disappeared. The smoke easily penetrates clothing and protective gear and can burn a person’s flesh to the bone. When phosphorus explodes it forms a cloud. Anyone within a radius of 150 meters is terminally affected.

See also

XM42: The Handheld Flamethrower

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