Original WWII Imperial Japanese Officer Tropical Issue Linen Private Purchase Forage Cap - Excellent Condition

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Original Item: Only One Available. Wonderful example of a WWII Japanese officer's forage cap in summer weight khaki cotton material. Features the classic string closure to the back and a five-pointed Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) star brass cap badge.
Original leather chinstrap is still intact, and unbroken but dried out. Three ventilation grommets are fitted on each side. Cap shows wear, and is in typical “bringback” condition. Shows signs of honest use in a hot, humid, tropical environment. All in all very nice example of a WW2 Japanese officer cap.
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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