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Original Imperial Japanese Army WWII 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 8th Company, No. 16 Dog Tag

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Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent and clearly stamped dog tag, with translation stating that this soldier was apart of the 8th Company of the 1st Field Artillery Regiment, soldier No. 16. Imperial Japanese Army dog tags were first introduced on 22 June, 1894 by Army Ordinance No. 63 as “Specifications and Issuing Procedures for ID tags”, immediately before the Sino-Japanese War, which broke out only a month later.

On October 27, 1943, the final regulation said, “The purpose of an ID tag is to identify those soldiers and civilians serving the military upon death or injury, and are to be issued to officers and below upon mobilization. It is also to be issued to officers and below, who are assigned as replacements to a field unit”. From this time, even officers were now issued tags.

As best we can tell, this tag reads (right to left, top to bottom) 砲 一 (1st Artillery), 中 八 (8th Company), 番 一 六 (Number 1 6). It comes complete with a bit of research on the unit, indicating the battles that it saw during the war. Measures approximately 1 3/4"H x 1 1/4"W.

This brass tag is in wonderful condition and comes more than ready ore further research and display!

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