Original Japanese WWII Army Tetsubo Combat Helmet with Liner and Chinstrap - Battlefield Pickup
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice combat used example of the classic of the Tetsubo, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ("steel helmet") by troops. This helmet was picked up off the ground during or shortly after the war, so unfortunately the helmet suffered from the elements during the time it lay on the ground. A good amount of the original paint is missing, and the shell does have rust damage, both on the inside and outside. However, the liner attaching split pins and chin strap attachment points are still present, and the shell is solid. This would be perfect for a complete restoration project, or to display as is.
As it is, the features include:
- Original 5 point metal star to front.
- Three tongue leather liner with pads - degraded condition due to weather.
- Original tie down chinstrap, frayed and rust-stained.
- Original paint - about 40-50% intact.
This helmet definitely is one that has really "been there", and has the perfect look of a well used helmet that was left on the field after battle, possibly in the water, and then picked up during the aftermath. The heat, salt, and humidity of the Pacific theater would have quickly degraded the helmet, leaving it in the present condition, ready to display.
The Imperial Japanese Army was the official ground based armed force of Imperial Japan from 1871 to 1945. It was controlled by the Imperial Army General Staff Office and the Ministry of War, both of which were nominally subordinate to the Emperor of Japan as supreme commander of the army and the navy. Later an Inspectorate General of Military (Army) Aviation, became the third agency with oversight over the army. During wartime or national emergencies, the nominal command functions of the emperor would be centralized in an Imperial General Headquarters (IGHQ), an ad-hoc body consisting of the chief and vice chief of the Army General Staff, the minister of war, the chief and vice chief of the Naval General Staff, the inspector general of military aviation, and the inspector general of military training. The Japanese Tetsubo, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ("steel helmet") by troops, was a mainstay of the Imperial Japanese Army from its creation in 1932. Its construction from inferior chrome-molybdenum steel limited its ability to protect the wearer from gunfire or shrapnel.
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