WW II Imperial Japanese Army Uniform

  • Historical Clothing
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The basic and "Modern" Imperial Japanese Army uniform came into being in 1867 (heavily influenced by both US and Prussian Military Advisors). Using "Midnight Blue", The Army would retain this color scheme until the early 20th Century (when Japan, as did most other Countries - adopt a form of Khaki Tan). By 1911, The Imperial Army had gravitated to a "Yellow Ochre" color. Normally, a soldier was issued a pair of Trousers, Under Shirt and Jacket. Various Models featured 2 and 4 pocket types. Buttons were Brass, polished Wood and plain Tin. The Standard Sen Bou Hat was common issue for all non-combat duties. Heavy Brogan Boots with hardened rubber soles (often Hobnailed), were used with cloth Leg Wraps or Putters (to secure/seal the cuff of the trousers from brush and insects). Finally, Load-Bearing Equipment was used, for ammunition clips, weight straps, Bayonet scabbard and other necessary Infantry articles. "Imperial Red" was the standard Uniform Facing for Imperial Japan's Army. Called "Gorgets", the placement changed little between 1911 to 1945. Wool and Cotton was used to created a "Winter" and "Summer" uniform. Jackets were often abandoned late in The War, in favor of the Bousyo-I (Light fabric) Shirt only. The Model 1943 Uniform, which by this time was in several Green shades, was the last uniform issue for Imperial Forces.