During WWI, Germany had created the first flamethrower, about a decade or so later, the Americans had come up with their own flamethrower, the M1. The M1 wasn’t the best but it worked. Then, a year later, the M1A1 was produced. Of course, the M1A1 was a big improvement, from the M1. For starters, the M1A1 was much more portable as the weight was lower (as if 70lbs is light). The range was also improved from 30 yards to 50 yards. The M1A1 didn’t see too much action in Italy and Europe but it saw decent action in the Pacific. In the Pacific, the U.S. used the M1A1 to aid them in getting rid of the Japanese. The M1A1 was so menacing that on the sight of the M1A1, some Japanese reportedly surrendered due to the physiological effects of seeing someone burned alive. The flamethrower didn’t live on as tanks were much more effective, but clearly the M1A1 hasn’t been forgotten.
Weight (dry): 70 lbs
Range: 141 ft