Most infamous for its widespread use in Vietnam, napalm was actually first deployed in Europe in 1944, and then widely used in the Pacific and Korea. It was most recently used in Iraq in 1991 to ignite oil trenches that Saddam Hussein had laid as barriers to Allied movement. By igniting the oil in them and burning it off, they were rendered useless.

This quick video shows early testing of napalm at Ft. Walton Beach, FL. You see the thickened properties of napalm as compared to normal gasoline, and you see a very, very crude delivery system. I was pretty shocked to see how stable the “bombs” were upon release.


In the event, napalm was actually dropped in modified external fuel tanks.

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