|Notable users||Thomas Angelo|
|Appearance(s)||Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven|
The Betrayal of Jimmy
A Molotov Cocktail is an improvised explosive devises made up of a glass bottle containing a flammable substance such as petrol fuel or napalm, usually with a source of ignition such as a burning cloth wick held in place by the bottle's stopper. The wick is usually soaked in alcohol or paraffin, rather than petrol.
In action, the wick is lit and the bottle hurled at a target such as a vehicle or fortification. When the bottle smashes on impact, the ensuing cloud of fuel and vapor are ignited, causing an immediate fireball followed by a raging fire as the remainder of the fuel is consumed. Despite their Russian name, improvised explosive devises such as these were first used in the Spanish Civil War.
The name came from the Finns who called it such during the Winter War of 1939 between Finland and Russia. Soviet People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs, Vyacheslav Molotov, claimed in Russian propaganda broadcasts that the USSR wasn't bombing Finland, instead was dropping food to the starving Finns. The Finns, who were not starving, started to sarcastically call the bombs "Molotov bread baskets". Soon the Finns responded by attacking advancing tanks with "Molotov cocktails", which were "a drink to go with the food".
Mafia: The City of Lost HeavenEdit
The Molotov Cocktail made its first appearance in Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven during the mission Molotov Party. In the mission Tommy Angelo is only given two to destroy three cars. The Molotov can be encountered later in the mission A Great Deal. One of Morello´s men standing at the garage entrance has it, and if he is killed before using it, the player can obtain it.
In Mafia II they can be bought at Giuseppe's Shop for $20.00 each. They are useful at dealing with enemies close together, and can also be used to explode cars. It's first used in The Wild Ones where Vito Scaletta and Marty are told to burn down the Millville Diner. The cocktail's model in Mafia II is based on a bottle of Humphrey's Whiskey, popular at bars and restaurants throughout Empire Bay.