Japanese Uniforms of WWII
Japanese Heitai(soldier) on bicycle
The bicycle was used by many armies during WWII as a form of transport. The soldier has an army issue bicycle with a wool uniform. He is armed with the type-38 long rifle. Joe Tortorice collection.
Rear of above Heitai
Observe the entrenching tool, helmet and mess kit cinched to the backpack. His issue gasmask is slung to his left-side rear. The wool uniform was used most frequently in the Chinese Theater of operations. Joe Tortorice collection.
Japanese Soldier in the Pacific Theater
Japanese soldier in full tropical uniform. Many times the Japanese soldier would wear a shirt/shortscombination in place of the light-weight tropical tunic and trousers/breeches. Armed with a Type-99 rifle in this case.
Japanese Knee Mortar Soldier
Tropical uniform and equipment for the operation of the knee mortar. Mannequin and gear of the Rick Scovel collection.
Heitai with Yosegaki
Heitai with personalized flag. These were popular souvineers of the US soldiers. Our soldier is wearing a wool uniform in this picture.