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Probably why they lost.

http://www.paperlessarchives.com/FreeTitles/CatalogOfEnemyOrdnanceMateriel.pdf  

doesn´t explain on the rather short range, but interesting to see some in (staged) action and visual reference:    

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Might I suggest reviewing the Panzer Grenadier training film? There, you can see 251/16s in live fire. It would be interesting to know how high the flame projector could be angled upward, but in the film, the weapons are depressed to fire on infantry on the ground, which would obviously reduce the range.

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John Kettler

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Ref reviewing the PG training film, please disregard, for I see a very blurry segment is already in the thread, a segment almost totally useless for this discussion. Likely more useful is this INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN item from LoneSentry on German flamethrower halftracks and their tactics. It lists the 251/16's range as 40 yards, which is 36.6 meters, a bit less than as currently modeled.

https://lonesentry.com/flamethrower/index.html

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John Kettler

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21 minutes ago, John Kettler said:

Ref reviewing the PG training film, please disregard, for I see a very blurry segment is already in the thread, a segment almost totally useless for this discussion. Likely more useful is this INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN item from LoneSentry on German flamethrower halftracks and their tactics. It lists the 251/16's range as 40 yards, which is 36.6 meters, a bit less than as currently modeled.

https://lonesentry.com/flamethrower/index.html

Regards,

John Kettler

Thanks John, I did see that page and there has been some discussion about whether the numbers presented could be wrong, since they possibly list the range when both projectors fire at the same time.

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