Noooo! Matildas are indestructible! It cannot beeeeeee!
I got my Osprey Matilda book the other day and read up on the Frogs. Apparently the fuel was kept in the turret (it was cramped, but with no loader needed there was just enough room) - enough for 8 bursts with a tense 30 second pause inbetween each burst to build up pressure. Spare fuel was carried in a big tank on the back and smaller tanks on the side. They were often left empty, despite the inconvenience of having to retire for refuelling the flamethrower, because for some reason the crew weren't too happy about carrying giant fuel bombs around on the outside of the tank!
"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full time job." – Lt. Bromhead to Prince Dabulamanzi before the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
Cubster wrote:For those readers across the Atlantic a 'fag' is slang for a cigarette.
Most of the time.
Hah, I knew that one! An Irish fellow I knew in the Coast Guard had a story about how he was stuck in Alaska on St. Patricks Day in a bar full of Limeys (British Sailors). One of them asked him for a spot for his fag (light for his cigarette). All he caught was that this Limey called him a fag, so he stood up off his bar stool and mad the most insulting remark about the Queen of England that his drunken brain could come up with. After that he didn't remember anything till he woke up with a very bruised face & body.
"I forgot about the gods and spun my own bright fate, while at the root of life the three spinners laughed." Bernard Cornwell, Lords of the North