Rare Lighter Restoration from the Battlefield of World War II Battle of Bulge 1944

Publicado em 12 Nov 2021
Restoration of an EXTREMLY RARE LIGHTER from World War II Battle of Bulge 1944. This was found near Bastogne and got a very special badge attached to it. See me restore this 84 years old war relic into something awesome.

This is a very special war relic from the Battle of Bulge World War 2 in 1944-1945. I have bought it from a family who lives near Bastogne where the Battle of Bulge took place. I got this old lighter and many other cool relics with me home including a Medicine bag a helmet and the famous whiskey hip flask that I already have restored - See the video here: brdown.net/top/kYHLo5e6Z6SQo8o/video .

You can still go certain places in Europe and do some very cool World War 1 and World War 2 founds with and without metal detecting gear. There were millions of tons of military garbage and rare items left behind to be found.

This item was found in the late 60’s early 70’s and brought to a barn where it has been contained together with a lot of other WW2 metal garbage, uniforms, helmets and other rusted materials. I was lucky to be able to buy a whole lot of relics from this family.

I was very curious about the badge who was attached to the lighter so I started cleaning this. When brushed off there was wings with a big A and some snakes and a needle maybe as old as World War I but I am not 100% sure. I have been told now by some of my subscribers from the US that it’s a WWII US Army Officer Ambulance Corps Medical Department Collar Insignia badge.

I heated the lighter to remove the Ambulance Corps Medical badge which were soldered to the lighter and there after I removed all screws. They were hard to remove I had to use force and some flames to get things apart.

I sandblasted the lighter using a mix of glass beads and baking soda and after the sandblasting I grinded the lighter with 1000, 1500 and 2000 grit. I polished it blank and added all the small parts again. I equipped it with a new cap for the wick since the old one seems to be missing. I used my metal lathe and I used brass to match the material used on the rest of this war relic. I also added new wick, cotton and a new flint spring to ensure that it will lit.

The beautiful Ambulance Corps Medical badge was cleaned in vinegar and 40% alcohol before it was attached to the lighter again.
I hope that you enjoy this restoration video as much as I did. Please subscribe if you want to see more cool upcoming projects 🙂 And DON’T FORGET TO SEE my RARE Whisky Hip flask Restoration - brdown.net/top/kYHLo5e6Z6SQo8o/video - This come from the same batch as this cigarette lighter.

Thanks for watching my channel. See you soon.
Best wishes and stay safe ❤ Martin


  • In this video I restore a very rare and special lighter probably from the World War II Battle of Bulge - Please let me know what you think! 👍 And DON’T FORGET TO SEE my RARE Whisky Hip flask Restoration - brdown.net/top/kYHLo5e6Z6SQo8o/video - Best wishes and stay safe ❤ Martin

    • Greetings.I really like your channel,I myself am engaged in chemistry,extraction of precious metals from parts,silver gold,palladium, I would be very grateful if you look

    • The A with wings is a type of invasion print that some soilders would mark on stuff they owned in case they died during an invasion

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    • Amazing work my friend, congratulations. But I have question, is there going to be a new beer fridge in every video, hahaha🤔

    • Приветствую! Я Ваш подписчик. Меня заинтересовала эта зажигалка - она реально старая, а символика с буквой «А» на посохе Меркурия/Аполлона, собственно, и символизирует Аполлона

  • Can i have it?

  • I look at your videos everytime i want to sleep and damn its working each time, thank you for that !

  • I’m convinced this guy could turn a dog turd into gold

  • The symbol is the Staff of Hermes and it meant the soldier who carried it was most likely a medic

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  • Awesome 👍👍

  • The lighters so beautiful.

  • É o emblema de Hermes caduceu.

  • Hello! I've been following you for a very long time. I am a metallurgical and materials engineer myself. I learned a lot from you. I wish you continued success. Greetings from Turkey.

  • Looks like a medical insignia

  • As always on top👍

  • Крутое видео, думаю мистер Джонсон остался доволен!!!

  • awesome

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  • One of my uncles lived through that battle, very cool video!

    • Thanks for watching and for your kind words I really appreciate it 👍 cheers to your uncle😉

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  • 4:05 looked like a ghost😝

  • I think the symbol is the logo for the allied forces, since you said it was dropped by American soldiers, and they were members of the allied forces, lmk if you agree

  • That looks like a medical emblem. Think doctor!

  • Крутой ролик,лайк!

  • Where do you get rare lighters?

    • I get it from different shops and from contact people around the world 😊

  • 한국인없나요 한국인만 좋아요 !!

  • Great Restoration I'd choke if it was returned to the original owner or family.😭

  • Restoration of history? RESPECT!

  • I'm not sure what the A would stand for, but the symbol is a Caduceus, most commonly seen in medicin. So it's likely that the lighter belonged to a field medic of some sort

  • 1944г это почти конец 2 мировой войны

  • 10:25 did the toy sodier figurine just wink at meh

  • That sandblasting is so satisfying to watch

  • I noticed that you didn't have your black latex gloves in the beginning and what happened to robot helper? Did you retire him. As always enjoyed the content 👍🏾

  • I didn't see it mentioned, but might have missed it. The emblem is "Insignia of the Medical Administrative Corps."

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  • Brasillllllllll

  • Buen trabajo amigo diría yo exelente trabajo

  • ما تقوم به يشجع على إصلاح ما نراه غير صالح للإستعمال قبل التفكير في التخلص منه 👍

  • Where do you get the things you repair?

    • I get it from different shops and from contact people around the world 😊

  • I absolutely love the history ones; such a beautiful craftsman. Edit1; The insignia is the Staff of Hermes(Mercury), or The Caduceus, It has different meanings, depending how you go about it, but the symbol originated when Mercury tried to stop two serpents from fighting, the Staff was thrown and they intertwined. The "A" is for Army and given the lighter, medic.

  • I love this mf so much

  • "little squeeze of WD-40" and "2 shots of vodka" Same energy

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  • Отличная работа!) Лайк!)

  • The badge he took off is probably a angel caduceus or staff of hermes

  • Bravo, superbe travail 👍🇫🇷

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  • Wow Great Nice to know you

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  • When i see your videos you repair my heart ❤

  • Love from India

  • İşaret bir sağlık sembolu

  • The emblem is the US Army Medical Corps and the letter A denotes the Administrative branch.

  • 錆びたライターはどこから見つけてくるんですか?

  • เอาเรื่อง

  • awesome mate, need some beer -;) big up , cheeeeerzzz!!

  • Bruh!! Your shop is magnificent!! Perfectly organized, well maintained, always supplied, and above all...CLEAN!!! Please!! Give us a video giving us the grand tour of your shop and tell us about it! Like prices of your equipment, where you got the equipment, etc... And how the shop went from your garage to that glorious shop you got today. Dude that is the DREAM shop for any man in the right mind. Also if you can find one, id like to see you restore an OLD colt 1911 .45

    • @Awesome Restorations aahhh i imagine firearms are difficult to obtain there. That's a shame though, they're amazing pieces of engineering and some target practice is therapeutic lol and man i cant wait to see the shop finished. Ya need a Swedish flag hanging in there somewhere. Itd be a nice touch imo

    • thanks so much for your comment I really appreciate it. Maybe I will give a tour someday but the shop is not finished yet. It would be awesome to restore an old Colt but handguns are very difficult to retrieve here in Sweden were I live - you cannot just buy that :)

  • Vat 69 Nixon's favorite good nod to band of brothers

  • The battle of the bulge wasn’t 84 years ago as it said in the description it was 77 years ago in December.

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  • I love these videos, they are very good and helpful 👍👍👍👍

  • WOW !! really the work you do is impressive. I loved it too much

  • Good job

  • Still has the power of God I'm I right or wrong

  • Not 100% sure but I think the insignia might be for an airborne division.

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  • I wonder what he does with the items he restores so awesomely?

  • الفيديوهات التي تقوم با نشرها جميلة جدا شكراً لك من قلبي اتمنى لك التوفيق ❤️🌹

  • Wow

  • Ne kadar çok biran var dostum güzel video başarılı

    • @Awesome Restorations afiyet olsun türkiye den selamlar ✋🍻

    • you can never have too many beers in the fridge 🍻😊

  • Les médecins de La Croix rouge peut être ou infirmier

  • Besides lighters and axes and stuff, maybe you can do something else? Like a video game system?

  • Airborne division 🤣

  • Ошибочка, времён 2-й мировой

  • loving your work..i am addicted to your restorations..no fuss no nonsense..just as it should be..i do have a question though..do you restore for other people or keep for yourself..or sell on? thanks for the entertainment

    • thanks a lot I am glad you like my work :) Sometimes people send items to me to restore but then I get to keep them. So I keep all my projects and never sell them, they mean a lot to me so I won't let them go :)

  • A counter top inductive "hot plate " like NuWave works great for putting controlled heat to metal parts. I've used one professionally as a bearing heater for decent sized bearings. It also works good for any interference fit application . You can set parts on the surface, dial the temp, and let the heat soak in with no flame. As a bearing heater the Nuwave works better than the $1000 inductive bearing heater in the shop now

  • That’s a cool fridge you got there😂😂

  • Thank you for your hard work. The lighter who has been waiting for decades for the owner to come back is now revived! It's a great video. I watch it in Japan all the time.

  • 멋지다

  • it would be incredible if M. Johnson were still out there and saw this video and says "Hey...That there's mah lighter"

  • grâce à sous titre je peux regarder la vidéo car youtube fait la traduction des sous titre en anglais via le français et sans aucune faute d'orthographe c'est génial

  • I love that you have a Medic in your cupboard because you are basically a Medic for old things.

  • 4:05 I recognize that soldier on the window, he is Desmond doss from the movie hacksaw Ridge

  • The badge is a Early WWII Army Air Corps Medical administrative caduceus collar insignia, excellent job btw ; )

  • this is art....

  • grandios, mega und die Musik dazu. perfekt.

  • Cant get enough of your videos.... You have taken it to a whole different level my friend! Greetings from Greece! 🇬🇷

  • Beautiful restoration as always! The attention to detail and care you put into this work is a perfect show of respect to the brave men who fought the tyranny of fascism.

    • Yes and when people actually knew what the definition of the word meant as well : ) Good old days.

  • tres fort

  • Amazingg

  • Love those Beer-coolers, bro ;)

  • Awesome restoration as usual, Martin! Really awesome! Love each and everyone of your videos. Greetings all the way from Lima, Perú!

  • Man with a big heart and so much hard work .love you so much you and your work❤️

  • دائماً مبدع و متميز ✨❤️

  • Do all of these videos have faces in the reflections?

  • Dude, get some B-Blaster instead of that WD-40. You'll have way more success with getting rusty screws and such lossened. Just sayin...

    • Hi Mitch, a lot of people suggested that but so far WD-40 has worked just fine :) but thanks I appreciate it and will remember this if I ever need to change to something else

  • Heartwarming, I love you

  • Most excellent - thanks! ✌🏻🎨☕️

  • Who made this abolsolute marvel of a table bruv? It's my favorite work table I have ever seen!

    • It is pretty cool :) I bought it from a local guy who made it himself many years ago

  • Request dong bosku restorasi Bom Bekas Perang dunia II