Physical Description
United States Model 2A1 flamethrower.
General History
The original Model 1A1 flamethrower was troubled by ignition problems which were corrected in the M2 version. The simple mechanics of the flamethrower are overshadowed by its destructive nature. Two tanks are mounted side by side in a backpack-type configuration. One tank contains fuel, usually a thickened gasoline. The other contains compressed gas. They are mixed as they pass through a valve. The gas provides the force to propel the gasoline. At this point, the mixture is ignited and a sheet of flame produced.
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
canvas (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 29 1/2 in x 37 in x 25 in; 74.93 cm x 93.98 cm x 63.5 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Army. U.S. Army Chemical Corps, ENCOM
related event
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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