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Question by Del in KS. Uploaded on September 08, 2010
I'm guessing it was the Greeks, but I don't remember who they initially used it against in naval warfare.
No clue but I'll guess those damn Germans used something like it in WWI, most probably against the French.
Interesting note, somewhat on topic, is the ancient use of bladder balls of ignited animal fat during a wall seige. Now this stuff is facinating weaponry, crude but effective.
Yeah, and EdJP has a valid point. I seem to remember naval battles where once again bladders of ignited animal fat was used to burn the sails off the masts of intruding warships. Of course the end result, after crippling the warship of a method of motion, the sails, would be burning the craft down to the waterline.
I think it was the romans i don't know why i remember this but it burned and water could not put it out. So i say romans
The Romans flaming tar balls.
I cheated and looked it up - curiosity got the better of me.
Kallinikos (Callinicus) of Heliopolis, probably about 673ad is the person who is credited with the invention of the liquid fueled flame thrower.
The English word 'flamethrower' is a loan-translation of the German word Flammenwerfer, since the modern flamethrower was first invented in Germany. The first flamethrower, in the modern sense, is usually credited to Richard Fiedler. He submitted evaluation models of his Flammenwerfer to the German army in 1901
Last night on Mil Hist channel they showed an ancient liquid fuel flamethrower that is in a museum in China. They even demonstrated how it worked. It shot burning fuel 60 ft and had a hand pump. The Greeks used fired but not a liquid fuel shooting flamethrower. The modern flamethrower was a German device that worked a lot like the Chinese version.
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