In this video Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Williams (Ret.) fires the legendary M2 Flamethrower and tells you everything you ever wanted to know about its history in the United States Marine Corps.
The Flamethrower you see in this video is the same flame thrower used in the movies “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Letters from Iwo Jima,” and “Wind Talkers.”
The M2 flamethrower was an American man-portable backpack flamethrower.
It was the successor to the M1 and M1A1 flamethrowers. Although its burn time was only around 7 seconds and the flame was only effective out to around 20–40 meters, it was still a useful weapon. However, with the arrival of flamethrower tanks, the need for flamethrower-carrying infantrymen to expose themselves to fire was greatly reduced.
Though some M2s were sold off, the majority were scrapped when they were declared obsolete.
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Video by Sgt. Andrew Milner
Demo by: Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Williams (Ret.)
Credit: USMC YT Channel