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"Use of Flame-Throwers on Tanks" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following brief description of the tactics of German flame-thrower tanks was originally printed in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 19, February 25, 1943.

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A German manual on tank tactics refers to the special use of flame-throwers on tanks. Usually they are employed at the halt during an advance by bounds.

Their chief use is to get at any enemy among rocks, in cellars, in dug-outs, in solidly built buildings, in wooded areas, and generally in places not accessible to tanks, and against which gun fire is of little use. The flame-thrower is also used for rapid "cleaning up" of trenches and dug-in positions. The flame-throwing tank must approach to within 50 or 60 yards of the target.


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