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Allied flame units: Why greater range than Axis?


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I've been curious about this since CMBO:

Why is it that most Allied flame units have a greater range than Axis ones?

I did a search, but nothing came up.

Was it an design issue? Doctrine issue? A little of both? Neither?

Been having fun with the Russian flame units. They got some pretty good range:

Yes, we all love the smell of napalm in the morning. Well, unless you're on the receiving end!

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Hans, do you smell something?

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D'oh!

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Time to exit the AO!

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You can run, but you can't hide!

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The 30m limit on the German FT is realistic.

The 2 portable FT produced in highest numbers by the Germans (schwerer Flammenwerfer 41 / heavy FT 41 and Einsto├čflammenwerfer 46 / one shot FT 46) both had a max. range of 30m. Prototypes of FT with longer range were build, but not used in combat AFAIK.

Nevertheless there is one FT with a range of 50m. It is the Abwehrflammenwerfer 42 (defence FT 42). It was not portable and was dug in at fortified positions. Ignition was done by the FTs victim through touching of strechted wire. 50000 were build after 42 and.....it is not in CMBB :mad:

I have no info about the ranges of allied FT.

Uwe

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Originally posted by Wassermann:

Nevertheless there is one FT with a range of 50m. It is the Abwehrflammenwerfer 42 (defence FT 42). It was not portable and was dug in at fortified positions. Ignition was done by the FTs victim through touching of strechted wire. 50000 were build after 42 and.....it is not in CMBB :mad:

Uwe

Exact.

It was a common defense weapon in Italy too ! I hope it will be in CMAK.

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Originally posted by Fly Pusher:

I'm sure a more worthy grog will be along shortly, but I think that many of the allied vehicle mounted FT's used pumps to shoot out the flaming goo whereas the German ones used gas pressure.

I would well be wrong though...

At least for the German part you are not wrong. They used Nitrogen and Hydrogen for the different FT's

Uwe

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I don't have CMBO on this machine, so I don't have the US and Commonwealth, etc. units. If anyone else has access, please provide.

Axis Flame Units Range:

FT Team: 32m

Flammpanzer II 30m

Flammpanzer III 60m

SPW 251/16 50m

Allied Flame Units Range:

Soviet:

FT Team: 45m

OT130 75m

OT133 75m

OT134 75m

OT34(42) 90m

KV-8 90m

OT34(43) 100m

KV8s 100m

OT34/85 100m

[ September 26, 2003, 03:44 PM: Message edited by: leakyD ]

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