Original Soviet WWII Glass Ampulomet For the Early War Anti-Tank Flaming Ampule Mortar
Original Item: Only One Available. This is one you do not see everyday on the militaria market; a WWII Soviet Glass Ampule Round for the early war Ampulla Mortar!
This particular example is made of thick blue-green glass, and was excavated at a former battlefield somewhere on the former Eastern Front. It shows obvious signs of being underground for decades (along with remaining dirt left over from when it was excavated!). There are some chips to the glass, and some surface scratches.
The Ampulomet (Russian: 125-мм ампуломёт образца 1941 года, also rendered Ampulomyot, ampulla mortar, etc., lit. "ampule/vial thrower" cf. миномёт) was an expedient anti-tank weapon which launched a 125 mm incendiary projectile made of spherical glass. This weapon was introduced in 1941 and used (to a limited degree) by the Red Army in World War II, but by 1942 was largely obsolete.
The weapon consisted of an unrifled tube with a crude breech mounted on a Y shaped pedestal which pivoted on trunnions to provide elevation. Two breech mounted inverted horns were provided for traverse/elevation and a simple inclinometer for targeting and range calculation. A black powder charge was inserted into the breech and fired by a percussion cap to propel the AZh-2 glass ampule.The ampules were filled with an incendiary mixture known as KS. KS was a mixture of 80% phosphorus and 20% sulfur which ignited when exposed to air. The burning mixture created a bright flame, thick white smoke and would burn for up to three minutes at temperatures between 800–1,000 °C (1,470–1,830 °F). The burning liquid would seep through vision slots or engine grilles on a tank and ignite ammunition or fuel as well as choke and blind the crew.
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