Product Description: This T90 Japanese Army Helmet is an outstanding example, and one of the nicest we have ever owned. The exterior retains over 90 percent of the original matte olive paint finish, with a nice green paint strip around the rim. There are some marks in the paint on the outside of the helmet where other helmets were stacked. The front of this helmet retains its original star emblem, with an untouched patina that leaves no doubt that the star is original to the helmet. Inside, this T90 Japanese Army Helmet is complete with its original leather liner and webbing chin strap. The liner is complete and shows little in any wear. The chinstrap and webbing suspension components are also complete, and the original draw string remains intact. In the rear of the skirt is a painted Japanese character. Japanese helmets are hard to find, and in this condition are truly rare. This piece was very likely brought back to the US as a veteran souvenir. It displays extremely well, and is in excellent plus condition.
Historical Description: The Imperial Japanese Army numbered 1,700,000 soldiers in 1941. By August 1945, this number had swelled to 6,095,000 men. During the course of the war, these men were sent to areas of operations that spanned a huge part of the globe, including the Mongolian border, Hong Kong, the Phillipines. Thailand, Burma, Dutch East Indies, and Malaya. These soldiers were issued a wide variety of uniform and equipment items. They had specialized footwear, helmets and other headgear, and different types of uniforms intended for the varying (and often extreme) climates in which Japanese soldiers fought. As with all of the major combatants of WWII, the Japanese also had special insignia to identify ranks and roles of individual soldiers, as well as decorations to reward soldiers for their service and achievements. American soldiers who fought in the Pacific Theater avidly sought Japanese items as souvenirs, and they collected not only flags, weapons and helmets, but items of personal equipment and even personal items of Japanese soldiers. Today, all aspects of WWII Japanese Army uniforms, insignia, equipment, and awards, remain collectible historic items.
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