Original Japanese WWII Naval Landing Forces Headband - USMC Bring Back

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a World War II Japanese Naval Landing Forces headband or Hachimaki. It is constructed of linen and printed with an anchor and wave motif at its center and characters within a rectangle to one side. It measures approximately 34 in length and 34 in width. It is further marked in ink:


This Hachimaki was taken from a fallen Japanese soldier by a U.S. Marine during World War Two and brought back the the States as a trophy of war. We do not know who H.H.F is but accompanying this headband is copy of a photo of a marine holding up the Hachimaki surrounded by Japanese gas masks, a rifle and more.

A hachimaki (??, "helmet-scarf") is a stylized headband (bandana) in Japanese culture, usually made of red or white cloth, worn as a symbol of perseverance, effort, and/or courage by the wearer. Perhaps the most well known usage of the hachimaki was by the kamikaze pilots toward the end of World War II. Kamikaze pilots would frequently don a hachimaki, usually with the kanji "??" ("Kamikaze"), before flying to their deaths.

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