Original WWII Imperial Japanese Army Dress Uniform Hat

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Worn for formal events and parades, this is a very nice condition midnight blue wool hat with a large red band around the outside. It does not have any gold bands or ornamentation, so this is most likely for an enlisted man or NCO. The front of the cap has the Imperial Japanese Army star above a wreath.

Features a faux patent leather visor, and the chin strap is unfortunately missing, though one of the two cherry blossom buttons is still present. It is lined with black light canvas, and the liner sweatband is oil cloth. Hat size is approximately 6 1/2".

The Imperial Japanese Army (IJA "Army of the Greater Japanese Empire") was the official ground-based armed force of the Empire of Japan from 1868 to 1945. It was controlled by the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff Office and the Ministry of the Army, 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 Aviation became the third agency with oversight of 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 the Army, the chief and vice chief of the Naval General Staff, the Inspector General of Aviation, and the Inspector General of Military Training.

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