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UNIFORM & KIT ISSUED TO THE JAPANESE ARMY DURING WW2

This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to a Japanese Soldier of any corps, during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in Japanese militaria. It is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. Any reader who wishes to contribute photographs and text will be recognised and credited with such information. I also invite collectors of other nation's militaria to forward content (please see our other countries listed on the drop down menu) - so that a comprehensive list of "Axis" and "Allies" uniform/kit is detailed.

THIS WEBPAGE IS CONSTANTLY BEING ADDED TO - SO PLEASE VISIT AGAIN

Japanese Field Cap

Enlisted man's Field Cap (khaki cotton). In comparison to the weight of a steel helmet, the cap provided some level of comfort in the heat of the tropics. It could also accommodate a rear 'flap' to protect the neck of the wearer from the harsh effects of the sun. Adjustment to suit individual head size was facilitated by means of a draw string threaded through metal eyelets. This type of headgear was worn in general service and is often seen; being worn by soldiers in photographs of the period.

Japanese Field Cap (side view)

Side view of a Japanese Enlisted man's Field Cap.

Japanese Field Cap (rear view)

Rear view of a Japanese Enlisted man's Field Cap.

Japanese Enlisted Man's Field Cap (Late War Economy Pattern)

A Japanese Enlisted Man's Field Cap.  This is the late war "economy" pattern of cap for other ranks; made from a paper fibre 'hessian' material.  It has a leather chin strap and a paper type sweat band inside the cap.  It is completed with the brass star fixed to the front of the cap.  Not commonly issued to front line troops, there is some evidence to suggest that it was issued to Home Defence units and rear echelon troops - though it is inevitable that some examples made it to troops, stationed on the outer islands.

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