In the 1940s, flamethrowers were called "weapons of mercy" by the US Army.

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In the 1940s, flamethrowers were called "weapons of mercy" by the US Army.

One of the most dangerous weapons, from which it is almost impossible to escape, is rightfully considered a flamethrower. Given weapon capable of turning the last minutes of the life of the one against whom it is used into “a branch of hell on Earth.”

At the same time, no matter how paradoxical it may sound, the Americans during World War II called the flamethrower a “weapon of mercy,” considering it more humane than a bullet.



It is worth noting that this misconception is largely due to the fact that the United States entered the war late. Despite the fact that in the end it was they who invented the M2 flamethrower, the best at that time, they had little experience in the practical use of this weapon.

Basically, the impact of the latter on enemy manpower was judged from the stories of the flamethrowers themselves.

Thus, in 1944, Lieutenant Colonel Orby Bostic called the flamethrower a “merciful killer,” claiming that it causes instant death without pain. In his article, he referred to the stories of flamethrowers who burned out Japanese bunkers with these weapons.

One of the Marines allegedly told Bostic that he and his unit entered a Japanese bunker less than two minutes after it was filled with a flamethrower. All the enemies there were dead. As a result, the US military decided that these weapons kill quickly without causing suffering.

However, there were other similar evidence. The myth of the “merciful weapon” was built on them.

Subsequently, after the war, the Americans tested their flamethrowers on animals. It was found that the combustion temperature of gasoline can reach 1000 degrees, and the impact of fire on the victim’s body leads to death in an average of 60 seconds.

As a result, after some time, the flamethrower ceased to be considered a “merciful weapon.”

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  1. +11
    20 May 2024 21: 04
    The fact that the brains of Americans are unhealthy is all the more obvious.
  2. BAI
    +7
    20 May 2024 21: 23
    Sick all over. The flamethrowers were not taken prisoner; they were destroyed on the spot. Since WWI
  3. +6
    20 May 2024 22: 10
    No one in their right mind considered flamethrowers to be humane weapons. The fact that the Yankees launched this canard to manipulate public opinion does not mean that anyone thought so. This is simply part of the propaganda of the bright image of the American military. Cynical and vulgar.
  4. 0
    20 May 2024 23: 09
    Let's start with the fact that there are no “humane” weapons. At all.
    1. -3
      21 May 2024 00: 51
      Why are you distorting? Is this a thrill or what? You still haven't tasted the essence!
  5. 0
    21 May 2024 10: 38
    a weapon as humane as American democracy
  6. 0
    22 May 2024 10: 11
    I read the memoirs of flamethrowers, they weren’t taken prisoner if they were just burned from his own flamethrower, consider it a blessing to jump off
  7. 0
    7 July 2024 08: 22
    This is what I understand, working with the population!
    Creating a myth about the humanity of the flamethrower is a great idea. And people are gobbling it all up.
    There is something to learn from the Americans during the war in the information field
  8. 0
    13 July 2024 15: 59
    yes. And their napalm, I suppose, is “compassionate,” and atomic weapons are “gentle,” and “Orange” is “kind.” Cynical storytellers