Beyond recall: searching for the remains of a British secret weapon of World War I

Banks, I. and Pollard, T. (2014) Beyond recall: searching for the remains of a British secret weapon of World War I. Journal of Conflict Archaeology, 9(3), pp. 119-155. (doi:10.1179/1574077314Z.00000000037)

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Abstract

This article discusses the development of the Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector, a massive British flamethrower that was used against German trenches in the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Built underground within saps below No Man’s Land, this secret weapon was an attempt to use technology to break through German defences and reduce British casualties. The flame projector was the most effective flamethrower developed in WWI, but proved to be too inflexible and expensive to be used.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Flame Projector, flamethrower, the Somme, Underground War, William Livens
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Banks, Dr Iain and Pollard, Professor Tony
Authors: Banks, I., and Pollard, T.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Research Group:Centre for Battlefield Archaeology TitleAbstract
Journal Name:Journal of Conflict Archaeology
Journal Abbr.:JCA
Publisher:Maney Publishing
ISSN:1574-0773
ISSN (Online):1574-0781
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 W.S. Maney & Son Ltd
First Published:First published in the Journal of Conflict Archaeology 9(3):119-155
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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