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    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic

    TennoHeikaNate
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    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Empty Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic

    Post by TennoHeikaNate Wed Jan 04, 2023 1:06 am

    Here's a Type 98 (aka M1938) tropical jacket with insignia for a Sgt. in the Kenpeitai.
    The stamp is still partially legible but I can't read the date.
    The tropical version is made of a cotton twill while the standard ones were wool.
    The armband has some wear and signs of aging which lead me to think it is original (there are recent repros out there), but I'm not entirely certain if the white laces
    and especially the safety pin holding it up are, I think the previous owner put that in to help display it.
    Some period photos show some Kenpei used some sort of string tying method, possibly by puncturing a hole in the top of the armband, to help hold it up.
    The police stars on the collar above the rank boards definitely appear original however, they have some tarnishing and have both been bent.
    This jacket was worn a lot; heavy fading, sweat staining, and the collar especially has seen a lot of wear.
    That being said, despite the fading, staining, fraying, and tarnishing of the brass buttons and insignia, it's in quite good shape;
    no notable holes, tears, stamp still mostly legible, and no missing buttons.


    Collar closed. The upper chest pockets close with single brass buttons while the lower hem pockets do not close.
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Ija_ty10

    Collar open.
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Ija_ty12

    Rear. Note the splits at the sides for sitting/riding, and the button loop at the rear left. That was to help secure the leather web belt
    when drawing the Type 99 bayonet or the shin guntō (新軍刀) sword.
    I didn't take a close-up, but there are also holes intentionally left sewn open in the armpits for ventilation, a feature that continued
    with the later JSDF uniforms.

    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Ija_ty11

    Collar, showing 軍曹 (Gunsō) Sergeant rank boards and metal police stars sewn above.
    Also note the hanging loop and heavy wear and repair to the collar.

    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Ija_ty13

    Threads sewn and tied into the chest to hang ribbons and medals/awards, sadly missing from this jacket.
    Also notice the slanted opening breast pockets with scalloped flaps, and the stitching along the front opening up to the collar
    to allow it to be worn fully buttoned or to wear the lapels open.

    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Ija_ty14

    The lace Kenpeitai armband, reading "Military Police Corps". In quite good shape, albeit no longer white from discoloring.
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Ija_ty15

    The left interior of the jacket, showing the stamp on the reverse of the left breast pocket, and a single open lower
    pocket on the bottom near the opening, possibly for a bandage.
    And a closeup of the stamp. If I retake a clearer photo maybe Google's new image text translator might be able to get something from it, but Kanji is beyond me.

    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Ija_ty17
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Ija_ty16


    And some ref pics. Most Kenpeitai photos I found show either the Type 98 overcoat or earlier Type 5 tunic with stand-up collar being worn.
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei11
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei10
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei12
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei14
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei13
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei15
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei17
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei18
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei16
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei21
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei20
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei19
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei22
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Kempei23
    Japanese IJA Kenpeitai Sergeant's Type 98 Tunic Masayu10


    If anybody has some WW2 Japanese uniforms or equipment, I'd love to see them. Feel free to post any items or
    photos here as well.
    Enjoy!
    -Nate

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