The Japanese soldier of WW2 was a resourceful, resilient fighter, loyal to his Emperor and willing to undergo tremendous hardships. He would, as John Wayne once said, "just as soon die as stick a nickel in a jukebox". Japanese troops of WW2 were issued a simple cotton field cap for wear with the hot weather service and combat uniform.Some were fitted with brass hooked "havelock" flaps for better protection from the sun overhead, especially useful when on the march or digging "defense in depth" positions on Peleliu, Iwo Jima, or Okinawa. This Imperial Japanese Army WW2 TROPICAL KHAKI COTTON HAVELOCK FIELD HAT is in excellent condition, with some light stitch holes and spot fraying around the star at front, a few very small spots of dark soiling at the middle front right crown, some light scattered "browning" to the lining, and with some light scattered age wear evident (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the hat is in excellent shape, with no other damage to the crisp khaki 100% cotton construction. Most interestingly, it boasts the original IJA 5 pointed star yellow felt insignia sewn "front and center", sports the original brass hook attached khaki cotton "havelock" neck flaps, which secure to mating stitched loops around the lower edge of the hat body, and features the original khaki cotton sizing lace at the lower middle back. It bears an elegant buff leather chinstrap with plain metal securing buttons, exhibits a matching leather sweatband with a punched hole Kanji character at the left side, and carries the original Japanese military Kanji stamping in black at the right side of the white linen crown lining.
A beautiful example of a very rare, original. Imperial Japanese Army WW2 TROPICAL KHAKI COTTON HAVELOCK FIELD HAT. The item "Imperial Japanese Army WW2 TROPICAL KHAKI COTTON HAVELOCK FIELD HAT EXC Vtg Cap" is in sale since Thursday, August 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Japan\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "abramsantiques" and is located in Claremont, California.
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