Helmets -

WWII Japanese Type 90 Helmet
Item #: AA2003
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This is a Japanese Type 90 helmet used during World War II. This helmet was adopted by the Japanese military in 1932 and was the standard combat helmet used during WII. The helmet consisted of a steel shell, leather liner and cloth chin strap system. The shell was dome shaped and had a short rim that ran all the way around it. The steel used for the shell was inferior chrome molybdenum and proved to be very susceptible to penetration by shrapnel and small arms fire. The leather liner consisted of three pads that had small pouches to hold padding. These helmets were issued in two sizes, small and large. The padding could be used to "fit" a large helmet to a soldier with a medium size head, in addition to making for a more comfortable fit for the soldier. The cloth chin strap system was a carry over from the Kabuto Samurai helmet. The insignia adopted for wear on the front of helmets worn by the Imperial Japanese Army was a five pointed star. Helmets worn by the Imperial Japanese Navy (Marines) had an anchor on the front. The Japanese soldiers and Marines called them tetsukabuto, or "steel helmet". This Type 90 helmet is a veteran's bring back from the Pacific theater of WWII. The shell exterior has been repainted white and a red Japanese Naval "Rising Sun" flag painted on the front of the helmet. The star of the Imperial Japanese Army is missing from the front of the helmet. One rivet for the liner is missing, but the attaching rings chin straps are still in place. The shell was very prone to crack, but this one is free of any such cracks. The liner is no longer with the helmet. Only a small remnant of the chin straps are present. There is no visible Kanji size in the rear of the shell. Overall the helmet displays well and will compliment any WWII collection or display.