Omg Ahoy, I love his videos, that guy can talk about a leaf of bread and make it sound epic.
From what I know, ancient flamethrowers were around 10 AD and 7AD, by the Chinese and Byzantine Empire, respectively. But modern flamethrowers were designed by Germany in WW1, and they were used since then (Though in contemporary times they’re seldom seen)
Actually, from what I’ve read around, a flamethrower operator was not so much in danger of being turned into a crispy bacon when their flamethrower fuel tank was hit. If I remember correctly, even if a bullet pierced the fuel tanks (Which were quite sturdy to begin with, thick walls and their cute cylindrical shape), they just would have the fuel leaking from it, like a gallon of water would do if you poke a needle on it. Aside from that, very few bullets could actually manage to conflagrate the substance inside; from what I know, only machineguns and things like anti-tank rifles had incendiary properties (For machineguns the tracer mixture I think), gasoline has a 530 degrees Fahrenheit ignition point, 80 degrees more than paper, and regular bullets couldn’t reach that temperature even when piercing. Aside from that, the fuel mixture flamethrowers that were generally used didn’t really lit up unless it reached the ignition method at the tip of the barrel.
As for the pressurised gas tank that propels the fuel mixture out of the flamethrower… Well… I think Mythbusters tried piercing a pressurised gas tank (A regular one, not a flamethrower gas tank), with uneventful results, so my best guess it’s that it would just hiss out the gas (Though I believe that it would probably propel you forward hilariously, or atleast, make you fall face first, by Newton’s third law). To not mention that the pressurised gas was non-flammable nitrogen or even air, which doesn’t really deflagrate as far as I know. Having said that, there was the chance of the gas tank exploding like an aerosol can when ruptured, which would probably be very bad for you.
Although, even though it was hard to make a flamethrower explode, I’m kinda sure it would be quite awful if fuel starts leaking from behind you while you also have the means of lightening that same fuel in your very hands. To not mention that the flamethrower role was extremely dangerous mostly because of your job requirements; having to get close, very close to the enemy, isn’t something that most soldiers want, and of course, no one wants to die on fire, so the moment they spot a flamethrower they’ll gonna leave him like Swiss cheese with concentrated fire, that’s one of the reasons the Russians made their ROKS-2 flamethrowers to be resemble the knapsack used by regular soldiers, and the muzzle was vaguely shaped like a Mosin-Nagant, so they would blend between the other soldiers.
Sorry, flamethrowers are my favourite weapons
>.<. I so wish to have an XL18 flamethrower… And I’m not a pyromaniac… Honest!