Original WWII U.S. Army Air Force Named Zippo Lighter - Iran 1945

Item Description

Original Item. One-of-a-kind. Beautiful WWII US Army Air Corps Silver hand crafted cigarette lighter case featuring the U.S. soldier's name Charles Werner and the Persian Gulf Command insignia. The reverse side has the Lion and Sun Crest of Iran and is dated 1945. The internal mechanism is made by Zippo and clearly marked to on each side.

The U.S. airman who owned this lighter had it customized it as a memento of his time fighting in the Persian Corridor.

The Persian Corridor was a supply route through Iran into Soviet Azerbaijan by which British aid and American Lend-Lease supplies were transferred to the Soviet Union during World War II.

This supply route originated in the US and UK with ships sailing around the Cape of Good Hope to the Persian Gulf. From there, the materiel transited Iran to the USSR. Other supply routes included the Northern route across the Arctic, and the Pacific route which handled US cargo at Vladivostok and then used the Trans-Siberian Railway across the USSR.

This Persian Route became the only viable, all-weather route to be developed to supply Soviet needs.

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