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WE HAVE ADDITIONAL ITEMS WE ARE ADDING INCLUDING
A SKS SEIKOSHA MILITARY POCKET WATCH


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THIS OFFER IS FOR OUR
6TH
JAPANESE
1925-1945
MILITARYWATCHBOX


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1937
JAPANESE

DOUBLE SEIKOSHA CASED
MILITARY

WATCH
WITH
15J
2 ADJUSTMENT
MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT

WITH
RARE
ORIGINAL ADJUSTABLE
JAPANESE
LEATHER
MILITARY STRAP
WITH
SEIKOSHA
EMPIRE
MILITARY POCKET WATCH

STILL IN RESTORE MODE

WITH

OFFICIAL IMPERIAL JAPANESE SOLDIER MILITARY ID BOOK
RECORDING HISTORY OF SOLDIER INCLUDING BIRTH ENLISTMENT RANK
DIVISION ASSIGNMENT BATTLES COMBAT DEATH AND MEDALS

ORIGINAL 1945 WWII USA NEWS PAPER ARTICLE
REPORTING ON THE LOSSES OF JAPAN VS THE USA
THESE ARE ORIGINALS


1945 WWII USA NEWS PAPER ARTICLE
REPORTING ON THE BATTLES OF *OKINAWA
*AMMO BELT & CANTEEN WERE ACQUIRED FROM
ESTATE ITEMS OF SOLDIER WHO WAS PART OF OPERATION ICEBERG

THROUGH  RUST & DUST ANTIQUES IN CHAMBLEE GA

The Battle of Okinawa, code named Operation Iceberg, was fought on
the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War.

US

JAPAN

12,513 killed
38,916 wounded,
33,096 non-combat losses
About 95,000+ killed
7,400–10,755 captured
Estimated 42,000–150,000 civilians killed
768 U.S. planes were lost

US SOUTH PACIFIC WWII DIVISIONAL COMBAT INSIGNIA
5 1944 CARDBOARD INSIGNIA USED TO PROMOTE THE WAR EFFORT
FROM ESTATE ITEMS OF SOLDIER WHO WAS PART OF OPERATION ICEBERG OKINAWA

JAPANESE MEDALS WON BY OUR JAPANESE SOLDIER
* MANCHURIAN INCIDENT *
* RISING SUN 8TH CLASS*
(
WE DO HAVE THE GOLDEN KITE 7TH CLASS )

PICTURES OF OUR FEATURED JAPANESE SOLDIER
THREE PICS

EARLY IMPERIAL SOLDIERS IN TRADITIONAL JAPANESE DRESS
ONE PICTURE

A JAPANESE AMMO POUCH WITH KANJI
FROM ESTATE ITEMS OF SOLDIER WHO WAS PART OF
OPERATION ICEBERG OKINAWA BOOTY

AN EARLY JAPANESE IMPERIAL ARMY CANTEEN WWII
WAR BOOTY FROM ESTATE ITEMS OF SOLDIER WHO
WAS PART OF OPERATION ICEBERG OKINAWA

JAPANESE BAKELITE KANJI PEN
WAR BOOTY FROM ESTATE ITEMS OF SOLDIER WHO
WAS PART OF OPERATION ICEBERG OKINAWA

JAPANESE RANK BADGES
3 ORIGINAL PATCH/BADGES FROM ESTATE ITEMS OF SOLDIER
WHO WAS PART OF OPERATION ICEBERG
OKINAWA


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MOST OF THE ITEMS ARE
HOUSED IT IN A
BLACK
GSW-GSWW-MWB
JAPANESE
MILITARYWATCHBOX

14.5 X 16.5 X 3 3/4
INCHES

WITH

 FREE PROFESSIONAL
ONLINE APPRAISAL
INCLUDING ALL INFORMATION WITHIN THIS OFFER

NOTE: ALL ITEMS ARE APPRAISED AS A GROUP
ANY WATCHES AND/OR TIMERS LISTED ARE ALSO APPRAISED
SEPARATELY WITHIN SAME OVERALL APPRAISAL


AND

FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY
ON WATCHES AND/OR TIMERS

WITH

US CONTINENTAL
***65.00 INSURED GROUND
WITH SIGNATURE  DELIVERY!

OR

***140.00 INSURED FedEx INTERNATIONAL

PRIORITY SHIPPING

***NOTE: THESE ARE OUR COSTS INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS ARRIVE 4X AS FAST AND WE CANNOT SHIP THIS LARGE BOX ANY OTHER WAY

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THE LONG HISTORICAL ESSAYS ARE PART OF THIS OFFER. THEY WILL BE IN THE APPRAISAL AND PROVIDE IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR FUTURE USE. YOU MAY SKIP THESE SECTION AND GO DIRECTLY TO THE ITEMS OFFERED THEN COME BACK TO VIEW MORE:

GO TO ID BOOK
SECOND PHOTO
IMPERIAL SEIKOSHA ARMY WATCH
IMPERIAL TROOPS TRADITIONAL DRESS
SEIKOSHA EMPIRE SKS MILITARY POCKET WATCH
JAPANESE WWII OKINAWA AMMO BELT
IMPERIAL JAPANESE CANTEEN

ORIGINAL ARTICLES
JAPANESE RANK BADGES
1943 US MARINE RECTANGULAR BADGES
JAPANESE KANJI PEN
JAPANESE WAR MEDAL 1 [CHINA MANCHURIAN INCIDENT}
JAPANESE WAR MEDAL 2 RISING SUN 8TH CLASS
BOX PICS

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THE ABOVE ITEMS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS OFFERING
THEY ARE PAST RESTORATIONS EVERY ONE BEING SEIKOSHA

CLICK HERE FOR OUR CURRENT ONGOING WWII
JAPANESE MILITARY MAP CASE RESTORATION

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WESTERN TECHNOLOGY
AND EARLY IMPERIAL JAPANESE WATCHES

Kintaro Hattori

  • 881 -- Kintaro Hattori opens the watch and jewelry shop "K. Hattori" (Hattori Tokaiten in Japanese; currently named Seiko Holdings Corporation) in the Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1892 -- Seikosha is established in Tokyo as the clock manufacturing arm of K. Hattori.
  • 1917 -- K. Hattori becomes a company (K. Hattori & Co., Ltd.).
  • 1937 -- The watch production division of Seikosha is split off as Daini Seikosha Co., Ltd. ( "Daini" = "The Second" Seikosha).
  • 1942 -- Daiwa Kogyo, Ltd. is founded in Suwa, Nagano by Hisao Yamazaki.
  • 1943 -- Daini Seikosha establishes a factory in Suwa for manufacturing watches with Daiwa Kogyo.

FROM 1874 TO 1917,  JAPAN HAD SHED HER ANCIENT OUT-DATED WAYS AND MOVED WITH UNEXPECTED FORCE INTO THE MODERN WORLD BY BUILDING HER OWN ARMAMENTS, SHIPS, PLANES AND HAD EVEN  IMPROVED UPON THE ADVANCEMENTS OF THE MODERNIZED WORLD.

AFTER THE 1904-05 JAPANESE ANNIHILATION OF TWO VAUNTED AND POWERFUL RUSSIAN FLEETS, SHE HAD BECOME A WELCOME TREATY PARTNER OF THE USA, BRITAIN AND THE WORLD AT LARGE.

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AFTER THE HUMILIATING 1905 DEFEAT OF THE RUSSIANS BY THE JAPANESE, JAPAN WAS MORE OR LESS AWARDED KOREA AND  MANCHURIA BY THE WORLD POWERS. IN FACT, RUSSIAN COLONIAL EXPANSION INTO KOREA AND MANCHURIA WERE A DIRECT CAUSE OF THE JAPAN-RUSSIA WAR AS OUTLINED ABOVE.

BY 1917, JAPAN BEGAN SENDING ENGINEERS AND BUSINESS MEN OUT TO THE WESTERN WORLD  IN SEARCH OF WESTERN TECHNOLOGY. JAPAN WOULD INVEST IN WESTERN TECHNOLOGY AND EVEN INVITE WESTERN COMPANIES AND THEIR PRODUCTS TO JAPAN. 

THUS, JAPAN, TO IMPROVE HER CAPABILITIES TO PRODUCE MODERN WATCHES, INVITED SWISS AND AMERICAN WATCH COMPANIES TO JAPAN. MANY COMPANIES, WITH A DESIRE TO OPEN JAPANESE MARKETS TO THEIR PRODUCTS, BEGAN TO ADVERTISE; AS THE BELOW 1917 ADD BY WALTHAM WATCH COMPANY ATTESTS TO

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AS THESE COMPANIES SHIPPED THEIR GOODS, JAPAN EXAMINED THEM. AND, JUST LIKE JAPAN HAD MOVED FROM FIRING THE FIRST WESTERN CANON THEY EVER SAW AROUND 1875, TO BUILDING AND ARMING THEIR OWN SHIPS, POWERFUL ENOUGH TO DESTROY TWO RUSSIAN FLEETS ONLY 30 YEARS LATER, THE JAPANESE "BORROWED TECHNOLOGY" FROM THE WESTERN WATCH MANUFACTURERS..

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BY 1917, DAINI SEIKOSHA, THE MAIN JAPANESE WATCH AND CLOCK COMPANY,  HAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE MOST ADVANCED WATCH COMPANIES IN SWITZERLAND AND THE UNITED STATES. DAINI SEIKOSHA WOULD IMPROVE UPON THE WESTERN TECHNOLOGY BEING SOLD IN JAPAN AND DEVELOP THEIR OWN "NEW" WATCHES.. 

IN FACT, MANY ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE SEIKOSHA WATCHES ARE DISCOVERED WITH MOVEMENTS SIMILAR TO  WALTHAM AND OTHER SWISS AND AMERICA WATCH COMPANIES. I MEAN ALMOST IDENTICAL.

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HERE IS A SEIKOSHA WWII TIMER I JUST INVESTED IN
IT HAS A BAD BALANCE. GUESS WHAT? I JUST INVESTED INA TIMER FROM
A WELL KNOWN WWII ERA SWISS TIMER MANUFACTURER AND REMOVED THE BALANCE
FROM THE MOVEMENT WHICH IS IDENTICAL TO THIS SIGNED SEIKOSHA

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THE DIAL NUMERALS WERE ACCOMPLISHED BY SEIKOSHA

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THE SKS SIGNED CASE WITH "S" BEFORE THE SERIAL NUMBER
MEAN MILITARY USE-- THOUGH THERE ARE MANY THAT NEVER
SAW BATTLE....... THIS PROVES MY STATEMENTS OF THE USE
OF SWISS MOVEMENTS SOME SIGNED SOME NOT

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IN ADDITION, I HAD A SKS SEIKOSHA POCKET WATCH WITH A BAD BALANCE IN AN UNSIGNED MOVEMENT, I USED A WALTHAM BALANCE FROM A WALTHAM POCKET WATCH. IT FIT PERFECT. ANOTHER FACT HAS PROVEN THE HISTORY AS I HAVE WRITTEN IT.  THERE ARE JAPANESE MILITARY WATCHES FROM THE 1930' THAT HOUSE SIGNED WESTERN MOVEMENTS. I HAVE 4 IMPERIAL WATCHES WITH MOERIS SIGNED MOVEMENTS.

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THE ABOVE IN REGARDS TO LAST JAPANESE MWB
WE LISTED SKS POCKET WATCH W/LUME DOTS
RECEIVED NOTICE FROM SOME COLLECTOR
WE FOUND THE ABOVE ORIGINAL SEIKOSHA TIMER
OFFERED BY A JAPANESE INDIVIDUAL WHO FOUND IT
IN THE CONDITION YOU SEE. THUS PROVING ANOTHER FACT!

IN ADDITION TO AMERICAN AND SWISS MOVEMENT TECHNOLOGY, WESTERN WATCH FINISHING TECHNIQUES CAN BE FOUND IN MANY ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE JAPANESE TIME PIECES.

FROM THE SEIKOSHA SEIKO TIME PIECE WITH SEIKOSHA MOVEMENTS THAT HAVE ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A SWISS OR AMERICAN TIME PIECE, TO ACTUAL SWISS MOVEMENTS  MANUFACTURED TO SPECIFICALLY FIT THE SMALL JAPANESE MILITARY DOUBLE CASES OF THE DAY, THE JAPANESE DID WHAT THEY DO BEST, IMPROVE UPON EXISTING TECHNOLOGY & DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGY BASED ON THE OLD.

ANOTHER JAPANESE WATCH LESSON PROVED CORRECT
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A SEIKOSHA WATCH WITH 15J MOVEMENT SIGNED WWCO
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A SEIKOSHA WATCH WITH IDENTICAL 15J MOVEMENT SIGNED SEIKOSHA

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BY 1933,  JAPAN BEGAN TO SEE HERSELF ON EQUAL GROUND TO THE WORLD POWERS. NATIONALISM AND MILITARISM WERE AT THE FRONT OF HER AGENDA. JAPAN  BEGAN FLEXING HER NAVAL POWER AND EXPANDING IN A WAY THAT THREATENED THE U.S. AND HER EUROPEAN ALLIES. 

IN 1936 JAPAN THEN PULLED OUT OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS AND RENOUNCED THE WASHINGTON AND LONDON NAVEL TREATIES IN ORDER TO SECRETLY DEVELOP A NEW CLASS OF BATTLE SHIP CALLED THE YAMATO CLASS; A CLASS  OF BATTLESHIP THAT WAS THE LARGEST AND MOST FORTIFIED AND GUNNED IN HISTORY.

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ON 15 JANUARY 1936, JAPAN WITHDREW FROM THE LONDON NAVEL CONFERENCE WHERE TALKS WERE TO PROCEED ON ARM REDUCTION--PRIMARILY ON BATTLESHIPS.

IN 1936, A WORLD WIDE ARMS RACE HAD BEGUN WITH BATTLE SHIPS BEING THE PRIMARY WEAPON OF CHOICE. FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, ENGLAND AND THE US IMMEDIATELY  BEGAN PLANS FOR LARGER MORE POWERFUL BATTLESHIPS..

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BY 1937, JAPAN WAS CONDUCTING AN UNDECLARED WAR IN CHINA.

THE SEA WOULD BECOME THE BATTLE GROUND FOR JAPAN AND ITS ISLANDS JAPAN'S BASES. THUS THE BATTLE SHIP WAS THE MOST PROMINENT WEAPON OF JAPAN.

IT WAS THE WAR WITH CHINA AND JAPAN'S EMPIRE BUILDING IN KOREA, MANCHURIA AND OTHER PLACES THAT BUILT THE IMPERIAL ARMY.  MOST OF THE FIRST FRONT LINE TROOPS, AND OFFICERS IN THE AIR, ONE THE GROUND AND ABOARD SHIPS DURING WWII WERE THOSE THAT SERVED IN KOREA AND CHINA.

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The Rise Of Japan
1905 - 1945

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Imperial Army Imperial Seal Seal & Flag  Imperial Flag

Manchuria , along with other borderlands of the Chinese Empire such as Mongolia and Tibet, came under the influence of colonial powers such as Britain which nibbled at Tibet, France at Hainan and Germany at Shandong. Meanwhile the Russia encroached upon Turkestan and Outer Mongolia, having annexed Outer Manchuria. Inner Manchuria also came under strong Russian influence with the building of the Chinese Eastern Railway through Harbin to Vladivostok.

Due to the Russo-Japanese War in 1904–1905, in which Japan surprised the world powers by decisively defeating Russia on the ground as well as out at sea,virtually annihilating the Russian Far East Fleet and the The Russian Second Pacific Squadron (The    Russian Baltic Fleet Renamed) ,  Japan replaced Russian influence in the southern half of Inner Manchuria.
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Great Empire of Manchuria

With the erosion of Qing China influences in the 19th century, Korea began to show greater independence, partly to avoid western domination, but also to avoid Japanese control, while Japan was rapidly modernizing in the second half of the 19th century and showing a keen interest in Korea.

By the 1880s there were pro-Japanese and pro-Qing factions influencing decisions by the Korean court. With the defeat of Qing forces inside Korea in 1895 and the murder of Empress Myeongseong by Japanese agents, and the subsequent defeat of Imperial Russia by Japan in 1905, Korea came firmly under the control of Japan and would be occupied by Japan for 35 years.
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Japanese General Kuroki and his staff, including
foreign officers and war correspondents 1904

AFTER THE  Russo-Japanese War the European powers and the United States recognized Japan as a colonial power and a  valuable ally during World War I., In Japan, this led to the rise of ultra-right wing and nationalist leaders, such as Fumimaro Konoe and Sadao Araki, who advocated uniting Asia under the rule of the emperor. Known as hakk˘ ichiu, this philosophy gained ground during the 1920s and 1930s as Japan needed increasingly more natural resources to support its industrial growth.

Japan entered World War I in 1914, seizing the opportunity of Germany's distraction with the European War to expand its sphere of influence in China and the Pacific. Japan declared war on Germany on August 23, 1914. Japanese and allied British Empire forces soon moved to occupy Tsingtao fortress, the German East Asia Squadron base, German-leased territories in China's Shandong Province as well as the Marianas, Caroline, and Marshall Islands in the Pacific, which were part of German New Guinea. The Siege of Tsingtao and a swift invasion in the German territory of Jiaozhou (Kiautschou), proved successful and the colonial troops surrendered on November 7, 1914. Japan then gained the German holdings.

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Terauchi Masatake
Prime Minister of Japan
1916-1918

In July 1918, President Wilson asked the Japanese government to supply 7000 troops as part of an international coalition of 25,000 troops planned to support the American Expeditionary Force Siberia. (the western powers acting against the Russian Revolution) Prime Minister Terauchi Masatake agreed to send 12,000 troops, but under the Japanese command rather than as part of an international coalition

To keep the economy growing, an emphasis was placed on arms and weapons production with much of the raw materials coming from the United States. Rather than continue this dependence on foreign materials, the Japanese decided to seek out resource-rich colonies to supplement their existing possessions in Korea and Formosa.
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Manchuria was (and still is) an important region for its rich mineral and coal reserves, and its soil is perfect for soy and barley production. For pre-World War II Japan, Manchuria was an essential source of raw materials. Without occupying Manchuria, the Japanese probably could not have carried out their plan for conquest over Southeast Asia or taken the risk to attack Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December, 1941

Around the time of World War I, Zhang Zuolin established himself as a powerful warlord with influence over most of Manchuria. He was inclined to keep his Manchu army under his control and to keep Manchuria free of foreign influence. The Japanese tried to kill him in 1916 by throwing a bomb under his carriage, but failed. The Japanese finally succeeded on June 2, 1928, when a planted bomb exploded under his seven-carriage train a few miles from Mukden station.

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Manchuria was (and still is) an important region for its rich mineral and coal reserves, and its soil is perfect for soy and barley production. For pre-World War II Japan, Manchuria was an essential source of raw materials. Without occupying Manchuria, the Japanese probably could not have carried out their plan for conquest over Southeast Asia or taken the risk to attack Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December, 1941

Around the time of World War I, Zhang Zuolin established himself as a powerful warlord with influence over most of Manchuria. He was inclined to keep his Manchu army under his control and to keep Manchuria free of foreign influence. The Japanese tried to kill him in 1916 by throwing a bomb under his carriage, but failed. The Japanese finally succeeded on June 2, 1928, when a planted bomb exploded under his seven-carriage train a few miles from Mukden station.

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As his brother Emperor Puyi was without a direct heir,, HIS YOUNGER BROTHER, Prince Pujie, was regarded first in line to succeed the Manchukuo throne, and the Japanese officially proclaimed him as heir apparent. He l went to Japan for studies. After graduation from the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, Pujie agreed to an arranged marriage with a Japanese noblewoman. Pujie selected Lady Hiro Saga (1914-1987), who was a relative of the Japanese Imperial Family from a photograph from a number of possible candidates vetted by the Kwantung Army.   the wedding had strong political implications, and was aimed at both fortifying relations between the two nations and introducing Japanese blood into the Manchurian Imperial family.

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A Japanese propaganda poster for the Tripartite Pact:
"Good friends in three countries".
(left AdOolf HiItler, center Fumimaro Konoe, right Benito Mussolini)

On September 22, 1940, taking advantage of France's defeat that summer, Japanese troops occupied French Indochina. Five days later, the Japanese signed the Tripartite Pact effectively forming an alliance with Germany and Italy

At the time of the collapse of Manchukuo during the Soviet invasion of Manchuria of August 1945, Pujie initially attempted to escape to exile in Japan with his brother. However, as it became apparent that no escape was possible, he opted to return to Hsinking in an unsuccessful attempt to surrender the city to Kuomingtang forces of the Republic of China, rather than have the city fall into Russian hands. Pujie was arrested by the Soviet Red Army, and was sent to prison camps in Chita and Khabarovsk in Siberia with his brother and other relatives. With the Sino-Soviet rapprochement after the establishment of the People's Republic of China, Pujie was extradited to China in 1950.Under the People's Republic of China On his return to China, Pujie was incarcerated in the Fushun War Criminals Management Centre. A model prisoner, he became a symbol of leniency by the communist regime, joined the Communist Party of China, and later served in a number of important posts.In 1978, Pujie became a deputy from Shanghai at the 5th National People's Congress. He subsequently served as deputy from Liaoning, Politburo Standing Committee Member, and Vice Chairman of the Nationalities Committee of the 6th National People's Congress in 1983. He was appointed Deputy Head of the China-Japan Friendship Group from 1985. He rose to a seat on the Presidium of the 7th National People's Congress in 1988. From 1986, Pujie was also Honorary Director for the Handicapped Welfare Fund.

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THE IMPERIAL ARMY
JAPANESE SOLDIER
PRE WWII

OFFICIAL WWII JAPANESE ARMY ID BOOK
DATED 1937

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[1 OF 2 PHOTOS IN BOOK]
1915 - 1937

THIS MWB IS BASED ON A JAPANESE IMPERIAL SOLDIER WHO WAS BORN IN TOKYO, 1915,  AND JOIN THE JAPANESE ARMY AT 17.

PROMOTED TO SUPERIOR PRIVATE, HE WAS ASSIGNED TO A MACHINE GUN COMPANY OF THE 1st INDEPENDENT MIXED BRIGADE AND SENT TO CHINA IN MARCH OF 1937; WHERE HE WAS KILLED IN BATTLE THE FOLLOWING JULY.

IN ADDITION TO THE INFORMATION ABOVE, THERE IS A NOTATION IN HIS "MILITARY RECORDS/CONDUCT BOOK" OF HIS DEATH: BOTH IN THE MAIN BODY AND IN THE SECTION RESERVED FOR THIS FACT. 

POSTHUMOUSLY, HE WAS AWARDED THREE MEDALS.  IN THE AWARDS SECTION, IT IS LISTED HE WAS AWARDED THE " MANCHURIAN INCIDENT ", THE "RISING SUN 8TH CLASS" AND A "GOLDEN KITE 7TH CLASS" MEDAL.

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THIS BOOK
&
THREE PHOTOGRAPHS
ARE PART OF THIS OFFER:

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THERE ARE TWO PHOTOS IN THE RECORD BOOK
THE ONE ABOVE AND ONE IDENTICAL
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THIS IS THE 5TH RECORDS BOOK I HAVE OFFERED IN A BOX

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CONDITION IS NEAR MINT

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MUCH OF THE INFORMATION REMAINS UNKNOWN

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THE INFORMATION WE DO HAVE IS LISTED AT THE TOP

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IMAGINE, THIS KANJI WAS HAND ENTERED

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THE OTHER OFFERS WERE SIMILAR
THE SOLDIER WOULD CARRY THIS WITH THEM
IT WOULD HAVE ALL INFORMATION ON THE SOLDIER

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FROM THE PAGES TO THE BINDING
CONDITION IS SUPER FINE

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ANOTHER PHOTO
WITH ENVELOPE
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THERE IS THIS PHOTO IN ADDITION TO THE TWO IN THE BOOK
THIS ONE HAS BLACK BACKGROUND
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THIS IS THE KANJI ON BACK OF
BLACK BACKGROUND PHOTO

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THIS IS AN ENVELOPE THAT CONTAINED
THE PHOTO ABOVE
I AM NOT SURE IF THE ENVELOPE
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IMPERIAL ARMY WWII WATCH

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THIS JAPANESE IMPERIAL ARMY
MILITARY WATCH
IS EXTREMELY RARE

THIS DOUBLE CASE IS A SEIKOSHA
WITH WESTERN EUROPEAN MOVEMENT
MADE TO FIT THE CASE
IDENTICAL TO LATER SEIKOSHA MOVEMENTS

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THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST
JAPANESE MILITARY WATCHES

OF THE IMPERIAL PERIOD
(1930/1939)
THAT WERE AVAILABLE
DURING WWII
(1940/1945)

THIS WATCH HAS A SEIKOSHA
DOUBLE CASE WITH FIVE CASE PARTS
AND

DUAL CRYSTALS
WITH
LARGE STEM TUBE ON INNER CASE
SO THAT IT WILL FIT THROUGH

THE OUTER CASE

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THE DIAL HAS REMNANTS OF KANJI
AND IS EXACTLY THE SAME DESIGN

AS PERIOD SEIKOSHA MOVEMENTS

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THIS VWCO 15 JEWEL MOVEMENT DATES TO THE 1920 TO EARLY 1930'S WHEN
JAPAN WAS FLOODED WITH WESTERN TECHNOLOGY.  NOT ONLY IS
THE BRIDGE WORK IDENTICAL TO SOME SEIKOSHA SEIKO MOVEMENTS
THIS MOVEMENT IS IDENTICAL TO ONE THAT WAS IN AN
INNER CASE OF A TWO PART MILITARY MOVEMENT.

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THIS SEIKOSHA SIGNED MOVEMENT IS IDENTICAL TO THE ONE
THAT IS IN THIS SEIKOSHA CASED MILITARY WATCH!

NOTE
I AM NOT SURE LABELING THIS SEIKOSHA
MADE MOVEMENT A "SWISS MOVEMENT" IS APPROPRIATE.
UNLESS THEY WERE BRANDED MOVEMENTS
THESE WERE OFFERED BEFORE WWII BROKE OUT AND
BEFORE THE USA & ENGLAND (1938) BEGAN IMPOSING
EMBARGO AND RESTRICTIONS ON JAPAN. 

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YOU CAN SEE THE LONG STEM TUBE
WITH LARGE MILITARY CROWN
MADE TO FIT INTO AN OUTER CASE

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OUTER CASE BEZEL
CUSTOM CUT CRYSTALS
NOTE THE WIRE LUG & SPRING BAR
WE CANNOT TELL IF BOTH SIDES HAD WIRES OR SPRING BARS
SEIKOSHA OUTER CASES COME WITH BOTH

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WHEN ATTACHING TO JAPANESE MILITARY STRAP
IT LOOKS LIKE THE WIRE AND SPRING BAR
WERE PLANNED TO MAKE IT IS EASIER TO MOUNT

BUT WHAT I BELIEVE IS THAT THE WIRE IN THE LEFT LUG BROKE
OR
A WIRE WAS PLACED IN THE RIGHT LUG AFTER THE SPRINGBAR BROKE

MOST SEIKOSHA
"SEIKO" -  "NATION" -   "DELIKATA" 
HAD SEIKOSHA OUTER CASES WITH SPRING BARS

WHAT EVER THE REASON. I WANTED TO LEAVE IT AS FOUND
RATHER THAN ADD A SPRING BAR OR A WIRE

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CASE IS SURELY JAPANESE
IT HAS

SEIKOSHA MARKINGS
AND

THE SEIKOSHA MODEL/SERIALS ARE CORRECT

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THIS IS HOW SHE LOOKS
100% JAPANESE
MILITARY

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RE-ILLUMINATED HANDS
*RE-ILLUMINATED

WITH
AF-Luminov

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DRYING THE LUME

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THE SIDE WITH SPRING BAR
FITS PERFECTLY

THE STRAP IS GENUINE JAPANESE
AND A PERIOD STRAP

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THE BUCKLE IS STEEL

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LEATHER HAS BEEN TREATED AND RESTORED

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PERFECT

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RESTORED

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STITCHING IS IN
EXCELLENT CONDITION

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KANJI STAMP

RESTORED & SERVICED
WATCH SETS WINDS AND RUNS

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IMPERIAL TROOPS IN TRADITIONAL JAPANESE DRESS

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THIS IS A PERIOD PHOTO

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SEIKOSHA
EMPIRE
SKS
ARMY POCKET WATCH

IN RESTORATION MODE

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JAPANESE
WWII
OKINAWA AMMO BELT

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IMPERIAL
JAPANESE
CANTEEN

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WWII
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
OKINAWA & DEATH RATIO

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STRIKE ON NAHA CAPITOL OF OKINAWA
APRIL 1945

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FOURTEEN JAPANESE FOR EVERY AMERICAN DEATH

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JAPANESE RANK BADGES

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1943 RECTANGULAR BADGES

USS Ranger, August 1942

USS Ranger 1941 - 1945
ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC
PROVIDED EXTENSIVE TRAINING FOR PILOTS IN THE PACIFIC
A total of 35,784 landings had been completed on the Ranger in 5 months of 1944

  • 44 sub contacts by the Ranger and escort ships.
  • 310 plane crashes during air operations involving 39 fatalities.
  • The arrival on the Ranger of the first TBF Avengers on April 14, 1942.
  • Numerous F4F Wildcat and SBD Dauntless accidents from 1941 through 1943.
  • First FM2 Wildcat crash reported on Aug 11, 1943.
  • First F6F Hellcat crash reported on Feb 12, 1943.
  • First F4U Corsair crash reported on July 25, 1944.
  • First SB2C Helldiver crash reported on July 25, 1944.
  • First FR1 Fireball crash reported on May 2, 1945.
  • First F8F Bearcat crash reported in Sept 1945.

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U.S.S. RANGER UTILITY UNIT
MARINE FIGHTER SQUAD
SCOUTING SQUAD
OBSERVATION SQUAD
FIGHTING SQUAD 7

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MARINE FIGHTING SQUADRON 1

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OBSERVATION SQUADRON 4               SCOUTING SQUADRON 4

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USS RANGER UTILITY UNIT                  FIGHTING SQUADRON 72

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JAPANESE
BAKELITE

KANJI SIGNATURE PEN
WITH THREADED SCREW CASE

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JAPANESE WAR MEDAL
W/BOX

* MANCHURIAN INCIDENT *
*CHINA INCIDENT*

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The heightened tensions of the Marco Polo bridge Incident led directly into full scale war with the Battle of Beiping-Tianjin at the end of July and the Battle of Shanghai in August

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The war medal was awarded to soldiers departing for service in China. It was issued  until 1945. The construction of the medal consists of 30 mm bronze, with a swivel grip. The front of the medal depicts the "Yata-no-karasu" (mythical bird) on crossed Army and Navy flags. Complete with rays of light behind and the Chrysanthemum crest above. The back of the medal portrays mountains, clouds and waves. The meaning behind this symbology is Northern China, Central China and the red Sea. The inscription reads "China Incident". The "Yata-no-karasu" is a giant three legged mythical red crow which, according to legend, guided Jimmu Tenno's army through the mountains. In designing the medal, the decision was made to depict the bird with only two legs.

The Marco Polo Bridge Incident was a battle between the Republic of China's National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japanese Army, often used as the marker for the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945).

The eleven-arch granite bridge, Lugouqiao, is an architecturally significant structure, restored by the Kangxi Emperor (1662–1722). Often signifying the opening of Japan's comprehensive invasion of mainland China, both this 7 July and 18 September (Mukden Incident) are still remembered as days of national humiliation by most Chinese.

Under the terms of the Boxer Protocol of 7 September 1901, China had granted nations with legations in Beijing the right to station guards at twelve specific points along railways connecting Beijing with Tianjin. This was to ensure open communications between the capital and the port. By a supplementary agreement on 15 July 1902, these forces were allowed to conduct maneuvers without informing the authorities of other nations in China.[4]

By July 1937, Japan had expanded to maintain forces estimated between 7000–15,000 men, mostly along the railways. This number of men and amount of material was several times the size of those detachments deployed by European powers, and greatly in excess of the limits set by the Boxer Protocol.

Marco Polo Bridge, located outside of the walled town of Wanping  to the southwest of Beijing was the choke point of the Pinghan Railway (Beijing-Wuhan), and guarded the only passage linking Beijing to Kuomintang-controlled areas in the south. Prior to July 1937, the Japanese military had repeatedly demanded the withdrawal of all Chinese forces stationed in this area, and had attempted to purchase nearby land to build an airfield. The Chinese refused, as Japanese control of the bridge and Wanping town would completely isolate Beijing from the Kuomintang-controlled south.

Tensions between the Empire of Japan and China had been fanned since the Invasion of Manchuria in 1931 and subsequent creation of a nominally independent state, Manchukuo, with Puyi, the last monarch of the Qing Dynasty, as its sovereign. Although the Kuomintang (KMT) government of China refused to recognize Manchukuo, a truce between Japan and Republican China had been negotiated in 1931. However, at the end of 1932 the Japanese Army invaded Rehe Province (Jehol Province). This was annexed into Manchukuo in 1933.

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Per the He–Umezu Agreement of 9 June 1935, China recognized the "neutrality" of eastern Hebei and Chahar provinces, though both were practically under Japanese occupation. Later that year, Japan officially established the East Hebei Autonomous Council, turning these regions into a puppet state and buffer-zone. By the start of 1937 all the areas north, east and west of Beijing were controlled by Japan.

From June 1937, Japanese troops carried out intensive military training maneuvers in the vicinity of the western end of the Marco Polo Bridge. These were held every night (other foreign garrison troops seldom held night maneuvers), and the Chinese government requested that advance notice be given so that local inhabitants would not be disturbed. The Japanese agreed to this condition. However, on the night of July 7, 1937, night maneuvers were carried out without prior notice, greatly alarming the local Chinese forces.

Chinese troops, thinking an attack was underway, fired a few ineffectual rifle shots, leading to a brief exchange of fire at approximately 23:00. When a Japanese soldier failed to return to his post, his company commander, Major Kiyonao Ichiki, thought that the Chinese had captured him, and reported the incident to his regimental commander, Colonel Renya Mutaguchi. Chinese regimental commander Ji Xingwen (219th Regiment, 37th Division, 29th Route Army) received a telephone message from the Japanese demanding permission to enter Wanping to search for the missing soldier.

At 23:40, General Qin Dechun, acting commander of the 29th Route Army and Chairman of the Hebei-Chahar Political Council was contacted by Japanese military intelligence with the same demand. He responded that in his opinion, the Japanese had violated China's sovereignty by conducting maneuvers without advance notice, and refused the Japanese demand for entry into Wanping. However, Qin said that he would order Chinese troops stationed at Wanping to conduct a search on their own behalf with an attached Japanese officer. The Japanese were satisfied with the reply, but while both sides prepared their investigators, a unit of Japanese infantry attempted to breach Wanping's defenses and were repulsed. An ultimatum by the Japanese was issued two hours later. As a precautionary measure, Qin contacted 37th Divisional commander General Feng Zhian to place his troops on heightened alert.

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At around 03:30 on the morning of 8 July, Japanese reinforcements in the form of four mountain guns and a company of machine gunners arrived from nearby Fengtai. The Chinese also rushed an extra division of troops to the area. At around 04:50, two Japanese investigators were allowed into Wanping. However, notwithstanding the presence of the Japanese investigators within the town, the Japanese Army opened fire with machine guns at around 05:00. Japanese infantry backed with armored vehicles attacked the Marco Polo Bridge, along with a modern railroad bridge to the southeast of town.
Colonel Ji Xingwen led the Chinese defenses with about 100 men, with orders to hold the bridge at all costs. After inflicting severe casualties, the Japanese forces partially overran the bridge and its vicinity in the afternoon, but the reinforced Chinese soon outnumbered the Japanese. Taking advantage of mist and rain on the morning of 9 July, the Chinese were able to retake the bridge by 06:00. At this point, the Japanese military and members of the Foreign Service began negotiations in Beijing with the Chinese Nationalist government.
A verbal agreement with General Qin was reached, whereby an apology would be given by the Chinese; punishment would be dealt to those responsible; control of Wanping would be turned over to the Hopei civilian constabulary and not with the 219th Regiment; and better control of "communists" in the area. This was agreed upon, though Japanese Garrison Infantry Brigade commander General Masakazu Kawabe initially rejected the truce and continued to shell Wanping against his superiors' orders for the next three hours until prevailed upon to cease and to move his forces to the northeast.

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JAPANESE WAR MEDAL 2
W/BOX

* RISING SUN 8TH CLASS

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The Order of the Rising Sun was awarded to military and civilian personnel for general merit. This award was given extensively to Japanese and foreign individuals. The award comes in eight different classes, or six classes and two decorations. Awards are made according to class, from the 8th class for Privates to the 1st class for Generals.

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WE WILL ADD POCKET WATCH AND A FEW OTHER ITEMS SOON

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