Original WWII Imperial Japanese Army Officer Visor Cap

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a solid condition Japanese Imperial Army Officer's Visor hat. It has a body of brown/green wool with a top panel seam of red piping, matching the color of the red wool cap band.

Center of cap features a brass Imperial Japanese Army Star along with brass Chrysanthemum chinstrap buttons. The black leather visor is in good condition retaining its shape without distortion or crazing. it does show minor flecking at one edge.

The interior is lined in green rayon (typically missing), with the cheesecloth reinforcement underneath. The black oilcloth sweatband shows minor wear but is complete. The center of the interior bears red celluloid name tag window which is empty.

Areas of moth are present, especially at the reverse, which is interesting because it reveals that this cap was reinforced with cheesecloth coated cardboard, which was used only towards the end of the war when Japan was starved for supplies and raw materials.

Size is approximately 7 1/4" (58cm). It has a look to it which shows it saw service. This hat was brought back by a USMC veteran and acquired directly from his estate.

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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