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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.
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Japanese Enlisted Man's Field Cap (Late War Economy Pattern)
A close-up photograph of the Japanese Enlisted Man's Field Cap. Here, the 'hessian' type material is clearly evident - showing the duress placed upon Japan's Industrial capability, to outfit it's troops in the later stages of the war. Once the resources captured by the Japanese as part of their "South East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" had began to dry up; commodities such as oil, rubber and tin became very scarce. Likewise, cotton and wool was also unobtainable - making it necessary to utilise other natural fibres for certain items of uniform. Hence, the adaption of a 'paper-like' fibre to produce these field caps and other pieces of kit.
Japanese Infantry Tunic (Khaki Cotton)
Enlisted man's Tunic (khaki cotton) showing the rank of Private 1st Class (Ittohei)
Japanese Rank Insignia (Private 1st Class)
Japanese Rank Insignia. The two stars indicate the rank of Private 1st Class (Ittohei). The Japanese rank structure is indicated by 'stars' on a red background. As the rank increases, a yellow stripe is incorporated - later expanding to a series of yellow and red strips with stars.