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Napalm is a flammable liquid that was used in warfare. It is a mixture of a gelling agent and either gasoline (petrol) or a similar fuel. It was initially used as an incendiary device against buildings and later primarily as an anti-personnel weapon, as it sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire. Napalm was developed in 1942 in a secret laboratory at Harvard University, by a team led by chemist Louis Fieser under the United States Chemical Warfare Service. Its first recorded use was in the European theatre of war during World War II. It was used extensively by the US in incendiary attacks on Japanese cities in World War II as well as during the Korean War and Vietnam War.

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Napalm was heavily used in the Vietnam War by the United States in attempts to clear forestry and reveal hiding Vietcong soldiers.It is a jelly-like substance which ignites immediately and if come in contact with humans, it is capable of buying the flesh off of your bones.

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