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#26 10-04-2019 00:39:58

Markus
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From: Australia
Registered: 24-10-2014
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Re: Rare German Equipment Used in North Africa.

Thanks Rich smile

Cheers Markus

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#27 23-04-2019 00:52:12

Markus
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From: Australia
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Posts: 911

Re: Rare German Equipment Used in North Africa.

Another one, the Flammpanzer I.  At least one Panzer I from 5. Leichte Division (Panzer Regiment 5) was converted to an
armoured flame throwing vehicle, by removing the right MG34 in the turret and installing a Model 40 portable fame thrower.

From what I’ve read this field conversion was done by Afrika Korps engineers around May 1941 during the siege of Tobruk.  The
flamethrower mounted in the Flammpanzer I had a range of only about 25 meters and it was capable of firing 10 – 12 one second
bursts.

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_flammpanzer_1_a.jpg


Even though the Panzer I was lightly armoured it was probably a better alternative than trying to approach an enemy position
unprotected and on foot lugging a heavy portable flamethrower.  I'm wondering if this conversion was a direct result of experience
gained from earlier attacks on the Tobruk perimeter?  Note in the photo below the soldier on top of the Panzer IV with the fame thrower
on his back - I think this is probably from a series of photos which shows Pioniere preparing for an assault on Tobruk early during the siege.

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_flamethrower_tobruk_on_mk_iv.jpg


The use of flamethrowers at Tobruk gained the attention of the Australian media - I've found a couple of front page articles which mention
their use.  From the dates I'm assuming this was during the Battle of the Salient (30 April - 1 May 1941), which included an assault by
German troops from Pionier Battalion 33.

Article from page 1 of the Northern Star Lismore 10 May 1941
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_northern_star_lismore_10_may_1941.jpg

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#28 23-04-2019 15:24:23

RRA227
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From: Hokendauqua.Pa. U.S.A.
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Posts: 1683

Re: Rare German Equipment Used in North Africa.

Great pics.  Rich A. in Pa.


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#29 24-04-2019 10:01:17

Markus
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From: Australia
Registered: 24-10-2014
Posts: 911

Re: Rare German Equipment Used in North Africa.

Thanks Rich smile

I was just thinking that if I was the commander of that Panzer IV, I probably wouldn't have
been too keen for the fellow with the flamethrower to get hit with a full fuel tank on the
back of my engine deck....

Cheers Markus


P.S. I was also just looking again at the newspaper article about the use of flamethrower tanks with trailers at Tobruk;
and contemplating whether this referred to Italian L3/35 Lf flamethrower tankettes...


http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_italian_flamethrower_tankette.jpg



http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_itailian_flamethrower_tankette_1.jpg



http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_italian_flamethrower_tankette_2.jpg

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