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We made use of “petrol bombs” roughly as follows: take a 2lb glass jam jar. Fill with petrol. Take a heavy curtain, half a blanket, or some other heavy material. Wrap this over the mouth of the jar, tie it round the neck with string, leave the ends of the material hanging free. When you want to use it have somebody standing by with a light [i.e., a source of ignition]. Put a corner of the material down in front of you, turn the bottle over so that petrol soaks out round the mouth of the bottle and drips on to this corner of the material. Turn the bottle right way up again, hold it in your right hand, most of the blanket bunched beneath the bottle, with your left hand take the blanket near the corner that is wetted with petrol.

Wait for your tank. When near enough, your pal [or comrade-in-arms] lights the petrol soaked corner of the blanket. Throw the bottle and blanket as soon as this corner is flaring. (You cannot throw it far.) See that it drops in front of the tank. The blanket should catch in the tracks or in a cog-wheel, or wind itself round an axle. The bottle will smash, but the petrol should soak the blanket well enough to make a really healthy fire which will burn the rubber wheels on which the tank track runs, set fire to the carburettor or frizzle the crew.

Do not play with these things. They are highly dangerous.

— Tom Wintringham, “Against Invasion – the lessons of Spain”. Picture Post: 9–24. 15 June 1940.

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Republican soldier running near Rio Segre, Aragon front, near Fraga, 7 November 1938/Robert Capa.

Republican soldier running near Rio Segre, Aragon front, near Fraga, 7 November 1938/Robert Capa.

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US writer and war correspondent Ernest Hemingway in Spain during the Civil War, 1938/Robert Capa

US writer and war correspondent Ernest Hemingway in Spain during the Civil War, 1938/Robert Capa

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Republican soldiers at Segovia front, 1936/Gerda Taro

Republican soldiers at Segovia front, 1936/Gerda Taro

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Rio Segre, Aragon front (near Fraga) Spain, 7 November 1938.

Rio Segre, Aragon front (near Fraga) Spain, 7 November 1938.

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Workers manning the barricade

Workers manning the barricade

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Madrid, July 1936

Madrid, July 1936

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