Original Japanese WWII Type 92 Army Combat Helmet with Liner and Chinstrap dated 1940 - Tetsubo
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 ( 鉄 冑 "steel helmet") by troops. Unlike many we have seen, this one actually has a visible 1940 date in Japanese on 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 front pouch is marked with the date 昭 和 15, for the 15th Year of the Showa Era, 1940.
- Original tie down chinstrap, which looks to be made of rayon.
- Correct color original paint on interior and exterior with the usual wear.
- Inside of shell faintly marked 大 ("Dai" or "big") with white paint in the rear.
- Shell retains about 75% of the original paint with no dings or dents, just some rust and missing paint.
- Approximate size 7 1/2 (60cm).
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 chin strap, 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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