WWI Flamethrower

how it made an impact on WW1

what does it do?

The flamethrower is a mechanical incendiary device designed to project a long controlled stream of fire. they were first used by the Greeks in the 1st century AD. some flamethrowers project a stream of ignited flammable liquid; some project a long gas flame

How does it work?

The man-portable flamethrower consists of two elements: a backpack and gun. the backpack element usually consists of two or three cylinders. In two-cylinder system, one cylinder holds compressed, inert propellant gas(usually nitrogen), and the other holds flammable liquid. The gun consists of a small reservoir, a spring-loaded valve, and an ignition system; depressing a trigger opens the valve, allowing pressurized flammable liquid to flow and pass over the igniter and out of the gun nozzle
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was it successfully used?

Flamethrowers were very useful weapon when used at a short-range, but they come with some crucial drawbacks. the men who operated these machines had short life experiences-British and French soldiers would concentrate their fires on the areas where flamethrowers were sited to eliminate the threat. furthermore, there was always the chance the gas cylinders would explode and if the operator was captured it was unlikely that he would receive a great deal of mercy