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Military History and Diplomay Division, National Museum of American History, Behring Center


Catalog #: 65355M    Accession #: 226768
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 29.5" H x 37" W x 25" D

Physical Description

United States M2A1 flamethrower.

General History

The original M1A1 flamethrower was troubled by ignition problem which were corrected in the M2. The simple mechanics of the flamethrower are overshadowed by its destructive nature. Two tanks are mounted side by side in a backpack type configuration. One tank contains fuel, usually a thickened gasoline. The other contains compressed gas. They are mixed as they passed through a valve. The gas provides the force to propel the gasoline. At this point the mixture was ignited and a sheet of flame produced.


War: World War II
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