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User avatar #17 - snakefire (02/22/2013) [-]
Germans invented the flamethrower

makes a lot of sense huh...
#20 to #17 - internetzsoviet (02/22/2013) [-]
Greeks were first to use a primitive version. Byzantines refined it later on. Wasnt widely used until Germans though.
#28 to #20 - deltaxomega (02/22/2013) [-]
For those who are wondering.

Greek fire was one of the most effective thermal devices, although it was extremely dangerous for the users. A combustible liquid, it could be shot from siphons or catapults, and it burst into flames on impact. First developed by the Byzantines in the 7th century, it was later used by the Turks during the Crusades, and was probably first used in Western Europe in the 12th century. Early experiments by the Byzantines in the 6th century used a mixture of sulfur and oil, which would have been terrifying if not destructive. Various versions seem to have existed, and the recipes were frequently kept secret; experts today still debate the exact composition, although some recipes are known. It probably had regional variations; the Islamic derivative was known as "naft" and had a petroleum base, with sulfur; the Persian word for "petroleum" is (naft).
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