Panzer I (Flamm) - GE004
Panzer I (Flamm) (GE004)
The first attempts to successfully mount a flame-thrower in a German tank were more an experiment rather than a feat of German engineering. During the Spanish Civil War, crews of the Panzer I complained of the woeful inaccuracy of the machine-guns when firing on the move.
One potential resolution to this problem was fitting a flame-thrower, a weapon thought to be better suited for the task at hand and one that didn’t rely on a high degree of accuracy when fired to the achieve the desired effect.
Experiments found that a nozzle of the small back-pack style flame-thrower usually carried by the infantry could be fitted onto the right-hand machine-gun mount within the Panzer I turret.
However, a report dated 30 March 1939 stated that a flame-thrower with much greater range was required to reduce the number of causalities suffered by the crews of these ad-hoc designs.
This experiment was repeated in the desert of North Africa by the Engineers of the 5th Light Division of the Deutsche Afrika Korps (DAK). Capable of firing 10-12 one-second bursts up to a maximum range of 25 metres, the purpose of these tank mounted flame-thrower were to dislodge the defenders of the fortified emplacements of the Tobruk defences.
While these first attempts of placing a flame-thrower behind armour were relatively primitive by German standards, it was however, the first set in the evolution of the German Flammpanzer during the Second World War.
The Panzer I (Flamm) in Flames Of War
|Name||Mobility||Front||Side||Top||Equipment and Notes|
|Panzer I (Flamm)||Half-tracked||1||1||1||Co-ax MG.|
|Fm W34 flame-thrower||4"/10cm||2||-||6||Flame-thrower|
- One Panzer I (Flamm) tank
- One Tank Commander figure
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Carlos Tapia
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