Original Japanese WWII Dated Tetsubo Army Combat Helmet with Complete Liner and Chinstrap
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful example of the classic of the Tetsubo, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ("steel helmet") by troops. Features include:
• Original metal star applied to front.
• Excellent complete three pad leather liner, with all pads still present and Japanese ink markings on interior in excellent condition. Dated Feb 1944 in Japanese.
• Name painted onto inside of shell lip.
• Original tie down chinstrap.
• Original paint with minor wear.
• Approximate size 7 1/4 (58cm) larger if you remove pads.
This really is a great condition helmet, with almost all of the original paint, with the expected wear and chips from service. Also, it has a legible ink stamp on the liner, which reads 19-2, for the 19th year of the Shōwa Emperor Hirohito's reign, 2nd month. The Emperor had ascended to the throne in 1926, which was Showa 1, so 19 is 1944.
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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