I'm back from my vacation, so here's the fourth clanker in my series.
This time it's featuring a German WWI flamethrower, which was actually used during the later years of the war, though mostly as an experiment. Like all the other untested technologies of WWI, the flamethrower was clunky and very unstable. These flamethrowers had to have two handlers, one to carry the canister on his back and the other to handle the firing mechanism. To make matters worse, sometimes when soldiers used it, the canister (or whatever it's called) would sometimes spontaniously explode, killing the user and whoever was nearby. Another setback was that it had a very
short range, so to use it effectively, you would have to run all the way to the enemy's trenches while going across No-Man's Land. It's no surprise that these were not used very often.
I forgot who invented it, but I'm pretty sure it was either the Germans or the French. (Correct me if I'm wrong) Side Note:
It was an interesting challenge when trying to "Steampunk-ify" the flamethrower, but I think I was able to pull it off.The Leviathan series belongs to Scott Westerfeld