At a recent gun show, I picked up this red flare below. The only reason I purchased this flare was because of the writing, and stamp on the side of the case. I know very little on the subject of flares, so I thought I would ask the experts!
The headstamp reads “VAW 08 III”, and after searching the IAA Forum, I found out that VAW stand for Vereinigte Aluminium-Werke, out of Germany. But other than that, I don’t know what the other part of the headstamp means, or how to date this flare, as the expiry date is worn off.
I also find it odd, that the flare case was made in Germany, but marked with a California Fire Marshal stamp. Could the flare be military issue?
Any comments are appreciated!