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Naval flamethrower

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Naval flamethrower

Postby jopaerya on 14 Jan 2013 17:55

Hello All

Was this a common weapon on ships or just a experimental one ??
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Re: Naval flamethrower

Postby Manuferey on 15 Jan 2013 01:21

I would be curious to know against what target such a weapon could be militarily effective … if it were a weapon. 8O

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Re: Naval flamethrower

Postby der bunkermann on 15 Jan 2013 08:59

Maybe against tiefflieger?

I allways have doubts with those blue captions in this handwriting.
In the past these proofed to be false multiple times..
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Re: Naval flamethrower

Postby stril on 15 Jan 2013 12:46

Hello
One of several weapons installed on some ships as defence for low flying aircraft.
On forum-marinearchiv.de there is some info on this weapon:
Die Flammenwerfer wurden auch auf mehreren Sperrbrechern eingebaut. Im Juni 1941 wurden mit dem Geleitschiff Möwe erste Versuche mit einer solchen Anlage durchgeführt. Laut M.Dv. 45 sollten damit Tiefflieger gezwungen werden höher zugehen. "Abschüsse" waren der M. Dv. 45 nach nicht das Ziel. Die Anlage hatte eine Strahlreichweite von 35-50 m ab Strahlrohr. Der Ölvorrat war so ausgelegt das 50 Flammenstöße von je 3 sec. Dauer möglich waren. Die Anlagen waren unbeliebt und wurden trotz gegenteiligen Befehlen selten eingesetzt. Eins der Probleme mit der Anlage bestand darin, das wenn diese nicht korrekt arbeitete, das dann nach dem Abstellen Öl außen am Mast runterlief und sich entzündete. Dies stellte natürlich eine Gefahr für das Schiff dar.

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Re: Naval flamethrower

Postby AVV on 15 Jan 2013 13:14

Hello!
stril wrote:One of several weapons installed on some ships as defence for low flying aircraft.

Thanks for the information. Quite a weird weapon! 8O

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Re: Naval flamethrower

Postby Manuferey on 16 Jan 2013 00:00

Yes, thanks Stril. Obviously, this "weapon" did not work as expected by its inventors ! Best chances against low-flying blimps. :lol:

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Re: Naval flamethrower

Postby wimve on 16 Jan 2013 09:07

I think that when flying that low into enemy territory this weapon would be the least of your problems.
Any gun would bring you down.

I can imagine that firing this thing would be terrifying for the shipcrew. You may hope that all the fuel spit out, is burned before gravity takes over.
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