Churchill Crocodile Flamethrower (New Vanguard, Volume 136) by David Fletcher

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By David Fletcher

A fire-breathing 'monster' at the battlefield, the Churchill Crocodile flamethrower was once probably the most devastating and awe-inspiring guns of the second one global struggle. Tank professional David Fletcher chronicles the improvement of the flamethrower tank, detailing the editions of the Crocodile and analyzing the dramatic results of those tanks in conflict from D-Day to the dramatic flamethrower assault at the River Senio in Italy. Revealing the strengths and weaknesses of the flamethrower tanks, Fletcher investigates the post-war use of Crocodiles to burn down and sterilize the location of Belsen focus camp, in addition to their mobilization for the Korean warfare, and post-war advancements to the prototype Centurion Crocodile. as well as the function of the Churchill Crocodile at the battlefields of Western Europe, many of the wheeled flamethrowers designed for domestic protection in Britain in the course of global warfare II are tested. Researched utilizing the papers of Reginald Fraser- the genius at the back of the flamethrowers and dramatically illustrated with distinct art and formerly unpublished modern photos, this e-book brings to existence the genuine terror of those tanks.

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The Basilisk appears to have used the same chassis but with a modified hull and turret. This, in turn, led to the development of the AEC 0856 chassis, with a 170bhp (127kW) engine that became the basis of the AEC Mark 11 armoured car. Thus the Basilisk may be seen as a link between the two. It was photographed in company with other mobile flamethrowers during demonstrations at Moody Down, but is shown here in grey primer paint as it would have looked on first being rolled out from AEC's Southall factory.

1 Demolition Squadron, commanded by Vladimir Peniakoff, managed to fit one to aJeep. THE FLAME GOES OUT Considering the enthusiasm expressed about the value of flame by so many influential individuals at the end of the war, its rapid disappearance from the scene is difficult to explain. Maybe, under the threat of nuclear 38 I war, the flash from a bit of blazing petrol was hardly noticed. Hill-climbing trials at Chaklala, India, on 2 April 1946. The Churchill was always a good climber, but it was not regarded as suitable for the Far East on account of the trailer.

His right hand grasps the trigger mechanism (37) at the back of the mounting while he aims the weapon using the long arm (41), reaching outwards to the left. Bearing in mind that red represents sections of the tank cut away to reveal detail then yellow shows the plumbing associated with fuel supply, blue the piping for compressed air and pale green the electrical circuitry required to ignite the fuel. On the trailer, with the upper armour removed, we can see two large fuel containers (22) and the compressed air cylinders (20) sandwiched between them.

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