Original WWII Named USMC Trench Art Japanese Tetsubo Combat Helmet

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is just wonderful. A genuine WW2 Japanese helmet that has been painted to commemorate the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Inside the helmet on the near perfect liner it reads:

6th Marine Regiment

2nd Division

Finian-Marina Isles

K. Moore


The cartoon like scene depicts a USMC grunt chasing down Hirohito and reads:






We have no idea when the paint was applied but let us just ALL assume it was done after WW2, regardless, this is a fantastic bit of trench art on a helmet that was brought back by a member of the United States Marine Corps.

The helmet itself is a wonderful example of the classic of the Tetsubo, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ("steel helmet") by troops. Features include:

• original metal star applied to front.
• Excellent complete three pad leather liner, with all pads still present and Japanese ink markings in excellent condition.
• Original base paint the helmet is in used condition
• Approximate size 7 US

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 Tetsubo, also colloquially called the tetsukabuto ("steel helmet") by troops, was a mainstay of the Imperial Japanese Army from its creation in 1932. Its construction from inferior chrome-molybdenum steel limited its ability to protect the wearer from gunfire or shrapnel

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