Very interesting flag. I am very interested in how the translator came to the conclusion that it was from a member of the 26th tank regiment. I do see a reference to tanks on the flag, but, at least from an initial glance, I do not see any unit ID that would point to the
26th. The Japanese were normally forbiddent to put any kind of unit identifier on flags, but I suppose that some did slip through during the war. If it is indeed the case that the flag belonged to a member of the 26th tank reg., it is a flag of extreme historical significance.
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I would like to know the answer to that as well. The original angry translator appeared to be a native of Japan and indicated that his son had helped him translate his analysis into English. He seemed certain about the 26th tank regiment. The rest of the info he gave me appeared to be based on an analysis of signatures and other info on the flag. For example he mentioned that the soldier might be from the Saga prefecture because there is an autograph by a Mr. Ueki from the Saga branch of a company Toto-Denryoku. If this person was in the 26th regiment, that would help confirm the original information that was provided with the flag. That info was that it was taken from a cave on Iwo Jima and had been kept crumbled up in a ball until the owner passed away, the son found it, and decided to sell it along with some other items. When I received it, it was literally crumpled up in a ball and looked like it had been that way for a very long time.
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