Original Japanese WWII Type 92 Army Tetsubo Helmet Shell
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of the shell component classic Type 92 Tetsubo (鉄帽 - "steel cap") helmet, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ( 鉄 冑 "steel helmet") by troops. This helmet has the original applied star on the front, and is missing the entire interior lining. The condition of the shell leads us to believe that it was left on the battlefield for a period of time, and then picked up and brought home by a U.S. serviceman.
The metal star on the front of the helmet is present but was painted red for unknown reasons. The rear skirt of the helmet has some faded kanji paint markings, which are unfortunately illegible.
A great battlefield pickup helmet shell, 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 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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