Original Imperial Japanese Navy WWII Lieutenant Summer Tunic

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a rare IJN officer's tunic with shoulder boards for the rank of Lieutenant in summer light weight white cotton. It features five button front with 5 brass Imperial Japanese Naval buttons. Medal ribbon bar and correct brass collar hooks. Overall condition is very good. IJN officer uniforms are exceptionally difficult to find on the market and this is the only summer white version we have seen in quite some time.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 9”
Shoulder to sleeve: 21”
Shoulder to shoulder: 16”
Chest width: 16”
Waist width: 17”
Hip width: 20”
Front length: 28”

The Imperial Japanese Navy, "Navy of the Greater Japanese Empire", or Nippon Kaigun, "Japanese Navy") was the navy of the Empire of Japan from 1868 until 1945, when it was dissolved following Japan's surrender in World War II. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) was formed circa 1952-1954 after the dissolution of the IJN.

The Imperial Japanese Navy was the third largest navy in the world by 1920, behind the Royal Navy and the United States Navy (USN). It was supported by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service for aircraft and airstrike operation from the fleet. It was the primary opponent of the Western Allies in the Pacific War.

The origins of the Imperial Japanese Navy go back to early interactions with nations on the Asian continent, beginning in the early medieval period and reaching a peak of activity during the 16th and 17th centuries at a time of cultural exchange with European powers during the Age of Discovery. After two centuries of stagnation during the country's ensuing seclusion policy under the shōgun of the Edo period, Japan's navy was comparatively backward when the country was forced open to trade by American intervention in 1854. This eventually led to the Meiji Restoration. Accompanying the re-ascendance of the Emperor came a period of frantic modernization and industrialization. The navy had several successes, sometimes against much more powerful enemies such as in the Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War, before being largely destroyed in World War II.

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