|"Model 41" you can see the Hydrogen tube being used as a handle in this picture.|
|M1A1, if you're never sure which version you're looking at, the M1A1 doesn't have a fore grip|
Now we come to the old story about flamethrowers exploding when hit. It was found that when compressed air was used instead of nitrogen the air mixed with the fuel vapours to make a flammable mix, however nitrogen was a lot harder to use logistically. Where as a E2 could just be wired up to a compressor the British and German models needed a separate source of compressed nitrogen. This would possibly explain why a German training manual stated:
"In order to give the men a greater sense of security attention should be drawn to the fact that should the weapon be struck by an infantry bullet or shell splinter it will not explode."As British flamethrowers used the same methods of propulsion as the German ones, compressed nitrogen gas, then it's almost certain that the same would apply.
With all this in mind the weapon was redesigned. The EWP was contained in a collapsible tube with a frangible diaphragm at the muzzle, the piston powered by the charge now squeezed the package, and caused pressure to build that ruptured the diaphragm. The upshot of this design was the whole device could be re-loaded easily.
In the end the problems involved with creating the EWP and transporting it (a soft squidgy tube that if ruptured would burst into flames) seem to have killed off the project.
|Lifebuoy soap in the 1940's... very slight resemblance.|
I've done some comparison tables for you:
|The little data about the single shot weapons|
Part two next week will cover tank mounted flamethrowers, and some rather horrific discoveries. It'll also tackle the question of how effective were flamethrowers.
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