Flaming bayonets


#1

Recently whilst discussing the Pederson device and planned US tactics should the war have lasted until Spring 1919, the question of the “Flaming Bayonet” arose.

Was this device ever issued? I understand it had a magazine of six cartridges, but has anyone ever seen an example of the round? Presumably it worked along the lines of the 12b “Dragons Breath”?

Regards
TonyE


#2

Since posting the above I found a reference in Brophy’s “03 Springfield” book that the cartridge was .44 calibre.

Regards
TonyE


#3

I never heard of such a device. May you post any pictures or description?


#4

The Flaming Bayonet was a device that fitted under the normal bayonet and discharged a flame 5 to 15 feet long when fired. It was intended to give an advantage in bayonet fighting. If you Google flaming bayonet have a look at the extract from Brophy’s book under google books…

Regards
TonyE


#5

The .44 FB cartridge should look similar to a blank or tear-gas type of load, with a hand made look. There might be a reference in H.W.S. vol-1 ?


#6

Tony, this cartridge is briefly described in HWS 1 p. 253-254.

There is also a modification of this device that was developed late in 1918 and has a revolving cylinder.