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WWII Period, Imperial Japanese Army, Type 5, Service Dress Uniform, belonging to a Infantry or Tank, Lieutenant General, named: "Yamamoto"
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This uniform is of the early WWII period. It is a Imperial Japanese Army, Service Dress Uniform, similar to, but not exactly matching that of the Type 5 Uniform. This uniform belonged to either a Infantry or Tanker as is evidenced by the red color "M" shape, pre 1941 period, cloth branch of service patch found sewn on his right breast. The collar tabs and shoulder epaulettes are correct for (in this case) a Lieutenant General (in the US Army of the time it would correspond to our, Major General, or a 2 Star General). The epaulettes are beautifully made and are of the slip-on style.
This uniform is apparently named inside, but it has yet to be translated. The source we obtained it from said that it is named to an Army (NOT NAVY!) General named "Yamamoto". This is not Admiral Yamamoto's uniform! There are 14 Army Generals with the name of Yamamoto, as it is quite a common name in Japan. The inside of the uniform is Mint, and it has a bevo-like tailors tag found sewn in the collar with the name of: "Kaikosha - Tokyo, Kudan". There is a name tag sewn in that is yet to be translated. The inner collar has 5 white studs for attaching to the shirt collar. The outside of the uniform rates a Good as it has a few small moth nips scattered throughout - none of which are very detracting. The buttons are gold, have a "*" and laurel (?) leaf rear motif, and are sewn on with correct thread. There are no General Officer's sleeve rings as is correct for an early period uniform. There are 2 ribbon bar mounting loops on the left breast, but both have noe become open from age. The source we obtained this uniform from included an original period 7 ribbon bar. We do not know if it was added by the source or it is original to Yamamoto. The breast star and neck star medals are not included. Of the 7 award ribbons, 4 are so far identified.
This uniform includes a matching pair of well worn and aged breeches that came with the uniform when we got it. The museum has added a pair of early period, Cavalry style, Officer's riding boots. They are much aged and frail, but so far still intact. They are marked inside, but this writing is no longer decipherable. A beautiful Officer's peaked service cap had been added by the museum. It is well marked inside, but un-translated as of now. Found in a pocket of this uniform, and original to it are 2 1927 dated small cardboard tags. They are profusely marked all over in Japanese, but are un-translated as of now. Presumably they are common laundry, or movie, or trolly car/train type tickets of some sort.
Comments from the Curator:
Imperial Japanese Army General's uniforms are some of the hardest to acquire. If found they command (excuse the pun) very high prices. By comparsion American and German types are far easier to find - and even those are expensive these days. Ask yourself this: how many pre-WWII to WWII period Imperial Japanese Army General's uniforms/groupings have I ever seen offered in my life? and you will understand the great significance and value of this grouping. If you know of a better one for sale, then please let us know as we will buy it! Researching this General would be difficult, but great fun nevertheless. We are working on this task now, and if successful, the price will be increased to reflect the data found. So here is your chance to still acquire an Imperial Japanese Army General before the price goes up. Snooze you loose!
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