Know Your WW1 Weapon’s History: The Flammenwerfer

Flammenwefer — World War I German Flamethrowers

 

It appears the first flamethrower of modern design was patented in Germany by Richard Fiedler in 1901. During the same year, the German army funded his continued work on flamethrower designs. Fiedler, a private citizen, designed several flamethrowers models and presented a working product to the German army in 1905. Based on the feedback he received, two versions of the flammenwerfer were delivered to the army in 1908.

Around the same time, a multi-talented man by the name of Bernhard Reddemann began his own experiments in designing flamethrowers. Reddeman was an officer in a German Pioneer battalion until 1903. At that time, he transitioned to a reserve officer and stayed in a Pioneer unit. Pioneers were specialist troops frequently responsible for the demolition of fortifications, engineering strong points and using specialized weapons.

 

 

Best Lightweight Concealable Body Armor

Best Lightweight Concealable Body Armor

 

For me, in this day and age, this is a no-brainer.

Don’t forget to have one for every member of the family and one in your VBOB (Vehicle Bug Out Bag) as well.

Although not considered a “concealable” vest, I still have two US Palm Defender Level IIIA Soft Vest I bought for me and the wife unit many moons ago.

I think they have been discontinued but you can still find them online.

 

The Evolution of the The QuadCopter in Modern Warfare

The Evolution of the QuadCopter in Modern Warfare

 

The pinnacle of this tactic is a Chinese-made DJI Mavic quadcopter – easy to procure, easy to fly/ navigate, it became absolutely indispensable for ISR, target spotting, artillery correction and combat missions like “kamikaze attacks”, dropping small bombs and grenades.

 

 

On the Guerrilla, His Ecology and His Communications

On the Guerrilla, His Ecology and His Communications

The Guerrilla must recognize three critical points:

 

  1. He, and his local network, are his own supply line.

  2. He fights with what he has, not with what he wishes.

  3. He cannot fight as a conventional force.

 

If you have not already, be sure and order your copy of The Guerrilla’s Guide To The Baofeng Radio.

Take Heed and Prepare Accordingly.

 

Squad Organization

Von Steuben Training & Consulting

One of my biggest goals for the classes that I teach and the articles that I write is to get patriotic Americans in the mindset of working with others in a team. A key element of this is learning how to task-organize a group into an effective squad, which is something I cover in the Team Leader Class. In this article I will discuss considerations for organizing a squad of volunteers, list some common billets for specialized roles and duties, and present my proposed “Jäger Squad” model for the modern American Minuteman.

Cognitive Load Theory (How Many Men can a Squad Leader Control?)

Our brains are like computers. A computer has a limited amount of processing power and can only handle so many tasks at once. If you overburden a computer with too many tasks, it will slow down considerably and do none of the tasks efficiently (or…

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