Trench candles in history: WW1 and WW2.
Trench candles in WW1 and WW2 were made in the field from melted down candles and used to light bunkers (you will find real photo examples below).
“ Improvements at the margins matter. Take away a meal,, and light and it's unquestionable that morale, already scraping the floor, will erode further.”
To our opinion, hot food and drinks, dry feet and light are very important for morale and hope of each servicemen.
Inlight candles in 2022, are not just candles, we would rather call them, synergetic/multifunctional mini-stoves letting you cook food in harsh conditions or in the absence of electricity and gas.
Photo exhibition of trench candles in WW1 and WW2.
This is a WW1 Trench Art Candle Holder made from a British 4.5 inch Howitzer Shell Case.
Dated 1916 and with loads of WW1 stamps on the base this item would have been made a British Soldier in the trenches, hence the name Trench Art.
Credit line - Vigomilitaria
This artifact is a soldier's handmade trench candle. Candle made by rolling a tight cylinder of newspaper, taping it closed, and dipping it in wax. The candle was used in the trenches during World War I.
Credit Line - Minnesota Historical Society Collections
WW1 Trench Candle Light.
The candle is contained in a metal case that when opened and lit is reflected off the polished inner surface so as to cast more light. Slight wear VGC. Height 2 1/2 inches.
Credit Line - Dear Old Blighty, United Kingdom
The Trench candles were based on candles utilized in WWI as a way of providing limited heat and light to soldiers in the field.
Generally the candles wouldn’t produce enough heat to cook food but they would be capable of heating liquids.
1943 WWII Trench Art Candle Holder Set ~ Australian Military Forces 20mm Artillery Shell Candlesticks ~ "Until We Meet Again Farewell"
Trench candles was usually created from available spent military materials and repurposed into other items.
Made from two 20mm machine gun casings, these handmade candle holders stand 4 1/4" tall and about 2" wide, including handles. 20mm was a widely used caliber during the Second World War and was mainly in use for the Hispano Aircraft Cannon of which several types of Allied Aircraft were equipped.
Credit Line- Raliegh Cycle Company, Nottingham, England. Jewelry Genealogy
Собака-розвідник приносить їжу двом солдатам у передовій траншеї десь на Західному фронті під час Першої світової війни.
На спині собаки одягнена спеціальна шлейка, в яку можна вмістити консервні банки. На задньому плані видно третього солдата, який направляє свою гвинтівку через верх траншеї.
Фото від - КОЛЕКЦІЯ GEISER THEODORE (MONS).
Made from a cut-down 18 pdr shell case, with added handle. The case was manufactured in 1916 and last refilled in November 1917. Have been used by soldiers in trenches for matter of having light.
Credit Line - The Great War Archive, University of Oxford
First War Trench candle holder manufactured from Horse shoe. Circa.1914-1918
Brass and steel horse shoe styled into a candle holder for use in the trenches.
Credit line - The Premier Emperor