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Japanese rank, ribbons and pilots badges ID please

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    Default Japanese rank, ribbons and pilots badges ID please

    I have some new items I need a bit of help with. Mostly the long red rank badge with the 3 gold stars on the left and the W shaped ones on the right.

    Thanks BurtClick image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Japanese rank, ribbons and pilots badges ID please

    Hi Burt, the blue "W" shaped one is for Military band members worn on the breast, but the other way up.

    The long red tab is for a Sgt. - Major and looks like the rank worn on the shoulder.

    Have a look here:

    The Collector's Guild

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    Thanks Ade,

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    Nice collection!

    The red Arm of Service Breast Badge is for: Infantry and Armor
    The dark green should be for Medical Dept.
    The yellow should be for artillery
    (from: Uniforms and Equipment of the Imperial Japanese Army in WW2)

    What units are designated on your IJA dog tags?

    TomP

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    This set actually belongs to my Supervisor who collected them when he was a kid. So I don't have posession today. I'll see if he can take a good picture of the dog tags and send them to me. I'm trying to collect info for him.

    Thanks for the info.

    Burt

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    Burt,
    I think the long 3 star is a Sgt Major and is the pre 1938 type worn on the shoulder instead of the collar.

    You have your answers for the 'W' but below is a good reference.
    Steve.

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    Default Re: Japanese rank, ribbons and pilots badges ID please

    Thanks Steve,
    I think I have ID'd the ribbons.

    Japanese ribbons top left to bottom right
    1. Order of the Sacred Treasure
    2. 1935 Imperial Visit to Japan Commerative Medal, Manchukuo
    3. China Incident 1931-1934, 1937-1945
    4. Showa Emperor Enthronement Medal
    5. WWI Victory medal
    6. Tsingtao War Dispatch Medal 1914-1915
    7. Order of the Golden Kite
    8. Manchukuo national Foundation Merit Medal
    9. Order of the rising Sun
    10. Inner Mongolia national Foundation Merit Medal 1939, Very Rare
    11. Taisho Emperor Enthronement Medal 1915
    12. Manchuria Red Cross of Merit, Aluminum
    13. Russia War Dispatch / Russo Japanese War Medal
    14. Manchuria Red Cross of Merit Medal, Silver
    15. Manchuria National Shrine Foundation
    16. 2600th Anniversary Medal 1940
    17. Manchurian Incident


    Burt

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