World Battlefronts: Abwehrflammenwerfer

On the Italian front Jerry turned up with a new refinement. At prepared positions, often near roads, he buried nests of flamethrowers, each with only a nozzle projecting. Inside each flamethrower was a battery and from it led an electric cable to a central observation post some distance away.

Behind this ring of fire, the operator could watch until some soldier drew near, then touch off a hellish burst. Allied officials said the weapon shot a jet flame 15 yards, where it ballooned out into a ball of fire 40 yards in diameter. Jerry...

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