A real threat to any enemy infantry and adjacent trees, the Flamethrower is a formidable close range unit, quickly clearing a whole wave of enemies with a couple jets of flame. Their downside is their fuel tank's vulnerability to direct shots, their exposure to burning victims and to excess enemy fire due to being generally positioned on the front line.
When a target is within the flamethrower's short range, he shoots a steady stream of fire that damages and has a chance of instantly killing an enemy by lighting him on fire. Units slowly killed by consecutive jets will often remain standing still, but cannot be interacted with and will fade away eventually. It's worth noting that flamers will not directly harm friendly units.
They can be equipped with grenades to improve their killing radius, but are not effective against vehicles, or at long ranges. Since flamethrowers are more of an offensive-oriented weapon, the practicality of using them in defense is limited. An experienced flamer can fire at an enemy for longer, and can also set multiple targets on fire. Rifle skill also affects flamers by increasing the chance of them lighting enemy on fire.
First used in WWI, flamethrowers saw their first extensive action during WWII. Almost every flamethrower unit consists of two parts, the gun and the tanks. In the two (or three in some cases) tanks carried like a backpack, one contains a propellant gas (usually nitrogen), and the other (or other two) carries a flammable liquid (usually gasoline or petrol). The gas propels the liquid through a piece of flexible hosing to the gun. The gun consists of a spring-loaded valve, and a trigger. Pressing the trigger opens the valve, and lets the liquid flow to the igniter. The igniter could be as simple as an electric coil, or it could be a small pilot flame. Once the liquid reaches the igniter, it ignites (obviously) and is propelled out of the gun, to up to distances of 20 yards. Because the "flame" was really a liquid, it could be "bounced" off of walls into unseen spaces, ideal for clearing bunkers.
Flamethrowers are seen as relics of war, considering that it's extremely rare to find one, and hard if not impossible to find the exact ammunition for one. If you were to spot a flamethrower in today's modern world, it surely would be be a rare sight.
Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life."
- A flamethrower's victims will run around the battlefield on fire, having a good chance of catching other units on fire (enemy or ally), which can result in the fire spreading like well, wildfire.
- Flamers are very dangerous in dense forests.
- Bunkers and Pillboxes cause victims to be burned more easily. A well-aimed flame can cause a populated bunker to become the large-scale equivalent of a deep frying pan.
- Flamethrowers in real life don't blow up when their tanks are shot.
- Flamethrowers are at the highest risk of having fire spread to them, because they must be at close range to set units on fire.