These customised wartime lighters are things of brutal beauty

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Chris Sayer

Tim O’Brien’s heart-stopping war novel The Things They Carried defined its Vietnam War soldiers by the possessions found upon them, both the physical items they hauled through the warzone, and the less-tangible feelings and emotions that weighed them down. 

With that in mind, the servicemen that carried these incredibly customised lighters were some frighteningly ballsy, brave, fearless, occasionally hilarious dogs of war…

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Chris Sayer

Chris Sayer is a freelance journalist and editor based in London. Chris has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and travelled the world doing an all manner of adventures for lots of brilliant magazines. He writes for Shortlist about booze but would probably prefer we let him write about fishing instead. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisSayer00

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