Matches are made of small wooden sticks or stiff paper. One end is coated with a material that can be ignited by frictional heat generated by striking the match against a suitable surface. Wooden matches are packaged in matchboxes, and paper matches are partially cut into rows and stapled into matchbooks.
Various types of matches, matchboxes and matchbooks are sen throughout the film. The matches seen on the table in the bistro where Shosanna sits bear the inscription "Au Café Liliana". While hard to see, Wicki appears to lit his cigarette with a match in the abandoned house from Nadine. The matches seen on the German table at the La Louisiane tavern are the "Front Holzer", while those used with by the Basterds are the "Union Match". The matches sold by the girls at the premiere are the same "Front Holzer".