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

      Armour    
Name Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes
Weapon Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower  
Panzer I (Flamm) Half-tracked 1 1 1 Co-ax MG.
Fm W34 flame-thrower 4"/10cm 2 - 6 Flame-thrower

 

Contents


  • One Panzer I (Flamm) tank
  • One Tank Commander figure

 


Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Carlos Tapia

(18781)

SKU 18781
Barcode # 1809

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