What is this?---German WWII Flamethrower igniter


#1

Hi.

I have gotten hold of this strange looking steel cartridge. Hope somebody knows what it is. There are some markings, but I’m not able to read them. It looks like: ger and 167
AOL 22 mm
Dia 9.9 mm

Could it be a 10 mm CS-gas cartridge?

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#2

Looks like a flame-thrower ignitor.


#3

I would agree with Jonny, but it should be noted that it is probably a German WWII flame-thrower igniter. I don’t know what the headstamp would be, as I don’t collect these.


#4

The headstamp for that could be something like this:

Were there factories other than asb loading this cartridge?

The Czechs also made a brass cased version, and there is a great pic of that one here (from Jim Miles’ collection):


#5

Yes, it looks like a German flame thrower ignitor WW2. The headstamps are often weak. Try to get a better image of it.


#6

Ok. how does this thing work?
I know that other flamethrowers were ingnited by an electric coil.

I’ll see if I can grab a better picture, but my camera sucks.


#7

Here is a little better picture of the headstamp.

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#8

The code “asb” is from Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken A.-G., Berlin-Borsigwalde.
I don’t know exactly what the other three initials represent, but likely one of our German friends
will know.


#9

The German title is
Strahlpatron FW 41
intended for the
Flammenwerfer 41.


#10

Are there WW2 German examples in brass ?


#11

The headstamp shows the letter “zst” in addition to the manufacture’s code “asb”, which stands for zündpatrone staal (priming cartridge steel).

I have a very similar one made by the Swiss in the early 1950’s with a brass case.


#12

Thanks so much for your answers.
Much obliged.

Bjorn