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Japanese helmet, complete and period painted flat black

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    Hey everyone, i just picked up my first Japanese piece. This is a combat helmet, complete and period painted flat black. There are 3 stampings next to the painted symbol ( i presume the soldiers name) on the inside of the helmet. Looks like a diamond with an 8 in the middle, then a triangle, then a circle(?????). I know that Japanese combat helmets were painted and OD shade...... any ideas as to why this one is black? I am not that familiar with Japanese items....... any thoughts would be great !!!!! Thanks!!!!
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    Hi Josh,

    Great looking helmet! The liner certainly looks complete... is it in good shape? Japanese pig skin liners have a tendency of drying out and becoming REALLY fragile.

    As I told you before, I'm assuming your helmet saw use as a "night raider" helmet. With American forces dominating battlefields and having immense air superiority, Japanese forces were often restricted to fighting out of spider holes and conducting harassing night operations. A black painted helmet makes sense.... if I was a Japanese soldier, I'd want one!

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    Thanks Joe, I also found that...... other than that, I can't find anything on flat black painted IJA combat helmets.... the liner is intact and still pliable. It is a really nice piece!

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    If you dare look, I've heard of Japanese prayer cards, personal photos, letters, etc. being tucked away in the pockets of the liner pads...

    P.S. I like the foam head you're using... it's a lot better than the girly one I have under my East German lid.

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    Just looked, the only thing in the pockets is the stuffing, lol !!!!

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    Come on guys .............. nothing on this helmet?

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    Hello ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????

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    Hi Josh , i must say i really like your helmet , the insignia looks nice and i like the fact that you can see the original paint colour not only to the helmet inner side but also through the scratches and scrapes on the external . These black painted helmets come up every now and then and there is plenty of speculation about it but no one really has a definitive answer on the reason for it .
    REGARDS AL

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    I used to have one of these. Unfortunately, I let it go. I saw it sell on E-bay recently. It was supposedly found on Saipan, which was the site of a huge night attack. I think night camo makes perfect sense, but some experts disagree. No one knows, it seems.

    Actually, that was me that posted my helmet on the Axis forum link given here. I had forgotten about that. Haven't been on that forum since.

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