Original Japanese WWII Type 92 Army Combat Helmet Period Repainted Green & dated 1942 - Tetsubo

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent combat used example of the classic Type 92 Tetsubo (鉄帽 - "steel cap"), also colloquially called the tetsukabuto (  冑 "steel helmet") by troops. Unlike many we have seen, this one actually has a visible 1940 date in Japanese on the underside of the liner! Features include:

  • Original 5 point metal star to front.
  • Complete three tongue leather liner in bark brown aged color leather. The padding in all of the pouches has been removed for a larger fit. The back of the rear left pouch is marked with the date 昭 和 17, for the 17th Year of the Showa Era, 1942.
  • Original canvas tie down chinstrap, though it is torn and missing at least 1/3 of the length.
  • Approximate size 7 1/2 (60cm).

At some time during the WWII period, the exterior paint looks to have become quite degraded, just like the interior of the helmet under the liner. It was painted green to prevent further degradation and to increase the camouflage profile. We do not know if the liner is the original liner, or whether it was replaced when the helmet was repainted.

This is a great chance to pick up a very nice large size example of the Japanese WWII Type 92 Tetsu-Bo helmet, with a complete liner and WWII date. These are getting harder to find in this condition on the market.

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 Type 92 (1932) Tetsubo, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ("steel helmet") by troops, was a mainstay of the Imperial Japanese Army from its creation in 1932. It replaced the Japanese-made French Adrian helmets the armed forces had been using. Its construction from inferior chrome-molybdenum steel limited its ability to protect the wearer from gunfire or shrapnel.

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