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Spraying Liquid Fire: The German "Flammenwerfer" in Action

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In a recent despatch Sir John French said: ” The enemy begn a bombardment of our trenches north and south of Hoee, and followed this by an attack with’flame-projector’. By this means the enemy penetrated our first line of trenches on a front of about Soo yar.4″ Later, Sir John was iable to announce the recapture of these trenches. Our rt et has illustrated (from a source which we are not at liberty to mention, but which is abhlt* rellsable) one of these diabolical flame-projectors, or Flaw.wewlrfr, and the German method of using it. We are informed that the apparatus consists of a reservoir, conjaining petrel mined with a malln proportion of heroenoe (to give body to the liquid).

and attached thereto are a cylinder of highly compressed air, a pressure – auge, a starting-valve, and an electric battery with induction-coiL Connected to the reservoir by a flexible coupling is a lang spraying-tube, which suy be pointed to any angle. Ta the end of the tube are attached two rods which terminate in an electrical spark-gap, so that, when the main vsalve is opened, the liquid is forced out by great air-pressure, and ignited by the spark. Frequently the liquid is directed on to the Allies’ trenches in its raw state, and is afterwards ignited by the burning stream. The effective range of a flame-projector is about thirty yards.—[Dsaig CyriMsd isa St Uted Stai Csads.]


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Issue 3983. - Vol CXLVII

Aug, 21 1915

Illustrated London News