Austrian Model 1915 Portable Flamethrower Used Defensively Kleine 22l M. 15 Flammenwerfer as a static weapon. In this role, one man could operate it. A very long lance was fitted for defensive use in a trench. For an an offensive role, a much shorter lance was attached to two lengths of hose, and a two-man squad consisting of flame shooter (Flammenshütze) and carrier (Träger) was employed.
Germans were the first to use flamethrowers in World War They called it 'flemmenwerfer'. The textures of the thick smoke and flames opposing a what-would-be serene setting gives an extreme level of intensity to this photograph.