|Title||Analysis of operational use of Churchill Crocodile flame throwers in NW Europe, June-October 1944|
|Description||Analysis of operational use of Churchill Crocodile flame throwers in NW Europe, June-October 1944|
Section 3. FIRE RISK Page 10
|16.||Were the fuel fires of immediate intensity?||The fire from the fuel is instantaneous and terrible. It is more than lucky to save three of the crew - usually 2, and sometimes only one.|
|17.|| What is the crews' view of fire risks?|
Do they ask for any further protection?
| Higher than anyone else if hit, and less chance of getting out owing to
instantaneous tremendous heat, but in normal assaults should have R.A. and
tank support to a greater extent. Casualties about 160 - 180, not unduly
high for 5 months fighting. Accepted philosophically, not mentioned much;
does not affect their courage and dash.|
No, but we considered extra armour for protection against Bazookas - this only requires relatively thin armour and an air space.
A sloping glacis plate on the Churchill Mk.VII would have saved, say 4 - 6 tanks and about 8 - 12 lives.
|18.||Would the dead man switch have proved effective.|| Discussed this and would like further information as to exactly how
it will operate.
All tank crews very much in favour.
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