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The Light Rescue no.566 of the SIM (Service Incendie Montréal) waiting a call at the fire station no.66.
Le Véhicule de Protection et de Sauvetage [Nautique] no.566 du SIM (Service Incendie Montréal) en train d’attendre un appel à la caserne no.66.
Verdun, Montréal, QC
French soldiers testing a flamethrower at Verdun, 1916.
The idea of the flamethrower originates back to the 5th century B.C., but was used extensively in combat for the first time during the First World War.
The Germans were the first to realize its potential and had already developed 2 flamethrowers by 1911: Kleinflammenwerfer (Small flamethrower) and Grossflammenwerfer (Big flamethrower).
The small one could be carried by a single man and could spew fire up to 18 meters. The big one was much heavier and needed two men to operate, though it could spew fire twice as far as the smaller model and could sustain flames for up to 40 seconds, which was impressive at the time.
The Germans first used the flamethrower against the French in October 1914 as well as February 1915, though these assaults weren't very notable.
The first notable use of the flamethrower came on July 30, 1915 at Hooge near Ypres in Belgium against the British.
The Germans managed to push the British back to their second trench line, though the fear this weapon brought to the British trenches was more significant than the territorial gains.
The flamethrower was afterwards used frequently by the Germans, as well as the Allies. Improved models were also developed during the war.
But the weapon itself wasn't very practical; it was extremely effective at clearing out trenches, but it was a rare event for an operator to be close to the enemy's trenches; not being shot beforehand.
The operater was slow and had to get through barbed wire and enemy fire before being able to utilize his flamethrower.
To increase the chance of an operator getting near the enemy trenches the Germans used flamethrower squads consisting of 12 soldiers, with 2 groups with flamethrowers and 4 hand-grenade throwers.
The German soldiers in their trenches also provided covering machine-gun- and grenade-launcher fire while the flamethrower squad advanced.
The flamethrower was one of the most feared thing of a soldier, and it has a spot within the "horrors of the First World War."
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“…the number of defectors increases, the front soldiers become numb by seeing the bodies without heads, without legs, shot through the belly, with blown away foreheads, with holes in their chests, hardly recognisable flab’s, pale and dirty in the thick yellow brown mud, which covers the battle field…“
Unknown German officer - Verdun.
The battle of Verdun ~part I ~
A battle that everyone learned about in school, it was one of the most Well known battles of WW1 and most importantly, the longest battle in modern war history (21 february- 15 december 1916) . The plan at Verdun was designed by the German Chief of staff, Erich von Falkenhayn. The plan was to let the French army bleed to death by inflicting as many casualties as possible before the british army got fully deployed.
For this plan to work, Falkenhayn needed to chose a place along the front. The sailiant aournd the ancient city of Verdun was ideal for this plan. The city was one of national proud to the French so they would defend it and not just abandon the sailiant and fall back to beter defendable positions.
By taking control over the hills on the east bank of the river, the 1200 artillery pieces could reach every spot in the sailiant
At 4am on 21 February 1916 the battle began, with a massive artillery bombardment of 9 long hours and a steady advance by troops of the German Fifth Army under the eye of crown prince Wilhelm. Five days into the battle, German forces captured fort Douaumont, the largest and highest of the 19 forts protecting Verdun. The battle appeared to be going Falkenhayn's way. French military leaders declared Verdun could not be held if the east bank of the Meuse was lost and French moral would not survive the loss of the city Verdun.
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