Inside white padding is stamped with'Showa 16' which is the Japanese year for 1941. Has original chin strap, padding ties, helmet liner tri pads, metal bands, paint, imperial star. It is almost impossible to find a Japanese helmet that was combat used in this preserved of condition. This is a museum grade relic!
Please note that you will also revise the photograph of the Japanese soldier that was stuffed in between the white padding and the trip leather liner inside the helmet. This is an excellent example of the classic of a WWII Imperial Pacific Japanese theater bring back helmet. Also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ("steel helmet") by the soldier of the Imperial Japanese Army in the Pacific Theater during WWII.This is a bring back helmet in amazing condition form a US soldier who served in the island hoping campaigns of the Pacific theater. This helmet has been well stored and cherished since it's bring back arrival in the states. Original metal star split pin applied to front. Excellent complete three pad leather liner, with all pads still present and Japanese ink markings on interior in good condition. Name (character) painted onto inside of shell lip.
Original paint with minor wear. Showa 16 (1941) factory stamp located on inner padded liner under leather flaps. The Imperial Japanese Army was the official ground based armed force of Imperial Japan from 1871 to 1945.
It was controlled by the Imperial Army General Staff Office and the Ministry of War, both of which were nominally subordinate to the Emperor of Japan as supreme commander of the army and the navy. Later an Inspectorate General of Military (Army) Aviation, became the third agency with oversight over the army.During wartime or national emergencies, the nominal command functions of the emperor would be centralized in an Imperial General Headquarters (IGHQ), an ad-hoc body consisting of the chief and vice chief of the Army General Staff, the minister of war, the chief and vice chief of the Naval General Staff, the inspector general of military aviation, and the inspector general of military training. The Japanese Tetsubo, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ("steel helmet") by troops, was a mainstay of the Imperial Japanese Army from its creation in 1932. Its construction from inferior chrome-molybdenum steel limited its ability to protect the wearer from gunfire or shrapnel. The item "1941 Japanese Showa 16 Stamped Named Imperial Army Helmet WWII Bring Back Relic" is in sale since Monday, September 9, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Japan\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "curio_artifacts" and is located in Algonquin, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.