The mere sight of a tank gives us a heavy feeling and the tight scenario of a war. A tank is usually deployed in a war for mass destruction with the massive power of its canon. The tanks can cross almost any barriers on the war-front. A regular tank has a vertically moveable canon as its charging equipment. A varied version of this is the flame tank which has a flamethrower in the place of the canon for breaching into large settlements or army confinements.
Of particular fame was the Flam Panzer of the German force, about which you can learn the facts here now in this post.
Remodeled the captured
The Germans had actually captured these 24 Char B1bis tanks from the French Army. The tanks were modified by replacing the 75mm cannon with a flame spray tube. For adding mobility to the tank, a traversable turret was installed on a platform built in the place where the canon was supported. The aim of this remodeling was to fight for the Operation Barbarossa.
The fuel for producing the flame was placed internally. Multiple versions of these tanks were made, each with improvements. For example, the transverse turret was introduced in the second version and the third version had flamethrowers with ranges up to 40-45 meters. The fuel was propelled by a pump driven by a J-10 engine with the spray-tube fitted into a ball mount. While the second version had a slit on the flamethrower-operator, the third version had a driver’s visor 50. The fuel tank was placed at the rear end of the next version.
The 32-ton Panzers were supplied to different units of the Army active across various frontiers in the East, west and other smaller zones. In the year 1944, these tanks received yet another major makeover. Hitler wished to increase their range further and to make them bigger, heavier and more destructive. The flamethrowers developed for this had ranged between 120 and 140 meters, leading to the birth of the Tiger series.
The Flam Panzer played a major role in the unsung heroism of the 44th Infantry division of the American-German war along the Vosges Mountains. Countering the power of the German Tigers and Panzers with the strength of the artillery strength and experience has been one of the most notable successes of the US Army’s division. The above picture is that of one such Flam Panzer which caused chills among the fighting officers.