The Molotov Cocktail: A Short History

published 27.06.2020 08:30

by Caleb Larson from

During the Battle of Fallujah, American Marines reportedly created their own unique cocktail using one part liquid laundry detergent and two parts gasoline, presumably in glass containers.

A strong mixture of gasoline, ethanol, and tar were bottled into bottles the size of wine bottles, and long, thick matches were tied to the sides of the bottle, more reliably setting off the mixture when it broke against Soviet tanks or the ground.

The Finn Army, badly outmatched by the Soviet Union’s war machine, resorted to manufacturing a number of homemade weapons with which to defend themselves.

During the 1939–1940 Winter War, Finnish soldiers and citizens mocked the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact signed between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

Although there are many variants of the cocktail, they all follow essentially the same formula: a glass container, usually a jar or bottle, filled with a flammable liquid (often gasoline), to which a scrap of cloth is attached.