Wwii Lighter

Discussion in 'General' started by kokain5, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. kokain5

    kokain5 Junior Member

    so i was looking through my late grandfathers Zippo collection and i found a lighter thats engraved:

    Company 'D'
    78th Engineer Battalion( C )
    Karlsruhe, Germany

    and has a red shield emblum with 5 crossed arrows and a banner below which says Sedulitate...basically i was just wondering if anyone had any information on this that may give me a better understanding of my grandfathers war time experience. HOWEVER, there is one thing that me and my friend thought was a little wierd and that is that its not a Zippo brand flip top lighter, its a Vulcan, which was based out of california and the casing says Japan on it as in Made In Japan...so when would this have been given? i kno my grandfather was an engineer in the war so i can only figure it was made for him then but y and how would we have had japanese parts to use?? iv found other lighters with the same design for different units, but i cant seem to track down how old exactly it is.

    anyways, thx in advance for any insight.

    P.S. i attatched a picture of the lighter to this post, sry its blurry
     
  2. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Welcome to the forum Matt,

    Do you have an interest in WW2?
     
  3. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    Welcome aboard, Matt.
     
  4. morse1001

    morse1001 Very Senior Member

    (Matt @ Nov 18 2005, 12:59 AM) [post=41728]so i was looking through my late grandfathers Zippo collection and i found a lighter thats engraved:

    Company 'D'
    78th Engineer Battalion( C )
    Karlsruhe, Germany

    and has a red shield emblum with 5 crossed arrows and a banner below which says Sedulitate...basically i was just wondering if anyone had any information on this that may give me a better understanding of my grandfathers war time experience. HOWEVER, there is one thing that me and my friend thought was a little wierd and that is that its not a Zippo brand flip top lighter, its a Vulcan, which was based out of california and the casing says Japan on it as in Made In Japan...so when would this have been given? i kno my grandfather was an engineer in the war so i can only figure it was made for him then but y and how would we have had japanese parts to use?? iv found other lighters with the same design for different units, but i cant seem to track down how old exactly it is.

    anyways, thx in advance for any insight.

    P.S. i attatched a picture of the lighter to this post, sry its blurry
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    Post war probably 1950/60s
     

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