Flame On!: U. S. Incendiary Weapons, 1918-1945

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The Second World War continues to provide examples of how the United States, a nation dedicated to peaceful pursuits, responded to the challenges of worldwide conflict. This study by John W. Mountcastle explains how America's capacity for innovative design, its greatly expanded industrial output, and courage in combat resulted in the development and large-scale employment of a whole family of chemical weapons--the incendiaries. What makes this story remarkable is that these weapons did not even exist in the ...
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The Second World War continues to provide examples of how the United States, a nation dedicated to peaceful pursuits, responded to the challenges of worldwide conflict. This study by John W. Mountcastle explains how America's capacity for innovative design, its greatly expanded industrial output, and courage in combat resulted in the development and large-scale employment of a whole family of chemical weapons--the incendiaries. What makes this story remarkable is that these weapons did not even exist in the American arsenal on the eve of World War II. The author has excelled in balancing the fascinating accounts of laboratory developments with the stirring combat saga of America's fighting men.
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Mountcastle, a former chief of military history of the US Army and an experienced combat veteran, describes the wartime development and use of all types of incendiary weapons by the US during WWII. He concentrates on efforts made by American industry, academia, and the armed forces to develop not only weapons but the tactics needed to direct their effective employment. Includes b&w historical photos of weapons and combat. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781572491663
  • Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/1999
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations iv
Foreword vi
Acknowledgments viii
Introduction ix
Chapter I. An Ancient Fear in Modern Form: The Introduction of Flame Weapons during World War I 1
Chapter II. The Doldrums: 1920-1939 20
Chapter III. Europe Aflame: The American Reaction, 1940-1942 34
Chapter IV. An Uphill Battle: Flame Throwers in Europe, 1942-1945 57
Chapter V. Aerial Bombardment of Germany: The Role of Incendiary Bombs 68
Chapter VI. Flame Throwers in the Pacific: 1942-1945 86
Chapter VII. Target Japan: Incendiary Attacks in the Pacific 103
Epilogue 120
Appendix I Flame Throwers of WWII 130
Appendix II Incendiary Bombs of WWII 132
Notes 134
Bibliography 159
Index 199
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