By Mark McConville

WATCH as a World War Two reenactor gets his hands on an original seventy-five-year-old M2 flamethrower and proves it still works by unleashing a volley of flames in the air.

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The stunning video shows the lucky reenactor being shown how to use the American man-portable backpack flamethrower before he shoots out a one-hundred-foot-long flame.

The deadly flames leave a huge plume of black smoke which floats up into the air before the guy quickly follows up with another short burst from the flamethrower.

 

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The incredible footage was taken in Old Bedford Village, Pennsylvania, USA by high school student and WWII reenactor Anthony Salerno (18) from Medina, Ohio.

“You see a raffle winner as he won a chance to shoot a real World War Two-era flame thrower,” he said.

 

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“He won the raffle by tickets we received when we registered for the Private Tactical WWII re-enactment at Old Bedford Village in Pennsylvania, US.

“WWII Reenacting is the best hobby I have ever got into. Of course, it has its ups and downs with different events and battles, but at the end of the day it is always a blast of fun and we all go home with a smile and a story at the end of the day.

 

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“WWII Reenacting is as close to the real-deal as you’re going to get from battle tactics to combat all the way to camp life.”

The M2 flamethrower was an American man-portable backpack flamethrower that was used in World War II.

 

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Although its burn time was only around seven seconds and the flame was only effective out to around 65 to 130 feet, it was still a useful weapon until the arrival of flamethrower tanks.

Though some M2s were sold off, the majority were scrapped when they were declared obsolete.

 

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Anthony loves World War Two re-enactments as they allow him to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, if only for a short period.

“The main thing I love about WWII Reenacting is the fact that they are mini vacations for me,” he said.

 

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“Reenacting is a break away from modern day society and it puts you in the reality and the mindset of a WWII US Army soldier in the 1940s.

“People who never seen WWII re-enactments are sometimes blown away by how realistic they are and what some of the images show.

 

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“I post almost all my pictures on Instagram and I get more likes on re-enacting pictures than anything else. It is very interesting to the common person because it’s totally different and not exactly your everyday entertainment.

“WWII Veterans love our re-enactment displays and battles. They are drawn to the fact that they have been there and done what we re-enact. Our re-enactments are major throwbacks for them.

 

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“In my few years of re-enacting, I have never seen so many WWII Veterans light up and open up with story’s like they have done at public WWII re-enactments.”

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