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Tommy's Tinder Box
How to light your fag the old-fashioned way: tinder boxes are made for soldiers at the Front, replacing matches in the rain-soaked trenches.
Non-Fiction 1915 2 mins Silent
It says something about conditions in the British trenches by early 1915 that the ranks found it impossible to keep matches dry enough to use. The solution - bring back old flint-knapping skills to supply the troops with tinder boxes. The film shows the process of making the flints and a soldier demonstrating, with a bit of effort, how to light your fag the old-fashioned way.
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