Item Id: JM24026

WWII Japanese Army Second Lieutenant’s Type 3 Tunic with Unit Insignia on the Chest


A spare tunic from a deceased veteran’s closet. The tunic has all period-applied insignia for a Second Lieutenant but was never worn and was kept in pristine condition. The tunic is totally intact and free from moth damage. The standard olive drab wool retains the greenish hue, so it is in the same condition in the time of manufacture. It is a standard junior officer’s tunic but has a wool patch applied above the right chest pocket flap. The patch has pieces of machine-embroidered rayon cloth machine-sewn in place. The patch read ”East 38” (東38) , which is a code number for a unit, which, however, has not be identified unfortunately (yet!). The tunic is not named but, otherwise complete without damage. Simply the most beautiful textbook example available today.


A mint officer’s tunic is getting scarcer and it is possible that this can be the last one. This one also with hard to find unit code number insignia!!

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