"But that interests us less than what we hear of the new flamethrowers."

German Flamethrower on the Western Front During World War 1
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeGerman Flamethrower on the Western Front During World War 1 - Credit: Deutsches Bundesarchiv
The flamethrower was first used as a weapon by the Germans near Verdun in February 1915. The fire itself did not usually kill, but it flushed out enemy troops who could then be shot. However, the flamethrower was very heavy and awkward to use, and the soldier wielding it became a target for enemy attack.

Various nations used flamethrowers in World War II, including the United States.