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Tim Rigsby (no login) from IP address 126.96.36.199
I am searching for information on the following German World War One Flamethrowers. Grof(Flammenwerfer),Klief(Flammenwerfer and the Wex(Flammenwerfer).
I am in need of pictures, and drawings. as well as any information anyone can supply.
Thanks so much
The Wex was a later war design and featured a donut shape body, which held the fuel, with a spherical metal ball sitting in the middle of the 'donut hole' which was pressurized.
The hose was about 2.5m long and the flame tube (don't know what else to call it) which the flame came out of was about a meter long. It was self igniting (as opposed to earlier designs where the tip was lit on fire prior to operation).
Normally operated by a two man team, one wearing the donut and the other operating the flame throwing tube. The idea being that the man wearing the cumbersome and vulnerable back pack could stay hidden while the operator could peak over trench slits around corners etc with his flame tube. Could be operated by one man but not the usual method.
A whole squad of men consisted of the operator, two men wearing back pack flamethrowers and several supporting men with rifles etc.
It was a much better unit than the early war tank style back packs which were very awkward and heavy and had to be lit prior to marching into combat.