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#1 19delta-uav

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:17 PM

I've had this for years but I just rediscovered it. This came from the estate of a WWII marine, who I believe had carried a flame thrower for part of the war until he got promoted. I thought I would share this with you all and ask if anyone knows which manual this may have come from, or if you have seen anything like it. This is one of the many paper items I will probably be letting go of in the coming weeks.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:13 AM

I also have an example of this diagram. It was an insert (not stapled in) to a Tentative Chemical Warfare Manual, Dated March 12, 1941, titled: "Portable Flame Thrower E1R1, Description, Operation and Maintenance." This was the first draft manual for the portable flame thrower and was a stapled, 25-page 8"X10 1/2", coverless pub without 3-hole punches.

There was probably a later version that existed before the normal TM came out in May, 1943. In the 8 1/2"X5 1/2" format TM3-375 on "Portable Flame Throwers M1 and M1A1" they note it replaced Training Circular No. 17, which was almost certainly the same large size of the tentative manual. It probably had the same page inserted but I don't have a copy of the TC. But by the time the TM was printed, this schematic was gone.

In addition to it being a manual insert, I'll bet it was also used as a classroom handout for training and familiarization purposes. Hope that helps. It is a pretty cool piece of paper.


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