WWII Japanese Navy Special Naval Landing Forces SNLF Helmet

Japanese Navy Helmet Front View

WW2 Japanese Navy Helmet Front View

This WW2 Japanese Navy helmet is a type that is most often associated today with being worn by the Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF) during the war.  They were also worn by other members of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during WWII.

Although they were not a separate branch of service like the US Marines were, the SNLF was roughly the Japanese equivalent of the USMC.  They were members of the Imperial Japanese Navy that were trained and equipped for fighting on land.  Members of the Special Naval Landing Forces were stationed on a number of the islands that US forces invaded during World War Two.

This particular helmet, with the navy anchor painted on the front, is the later style of the Japanese Navy helmet.  This style was produced approximately in the 1943-1945 period.  The previous version of the navy helmet had a metal anchor device that was affixed to the front of the helmet.

This helmet also has the correct navy style of liner and chinstraps, and they are original to this helmet.  The chinstraps are the thinner type that are sometimes seen on these later navy helmets.

I have always really liked WW2 Japanese helmets because I think they have a great look and they often will have interesting Veteran capture/bring back history.  I am always interested in adding nice WWII Japanese helmets, that still have their liners, to my collection.  I am especially looking for helmets that have original covers and/or nets, capture history, or battle damage.  If you have an original WWII Japanese helmet you are interested in selling, please click on my war souvenirs wanted page to find out how to email me.  I am also always interested in high quality original WWII Japanese Army and Navy uniforms, field gear, and swords.  I would love to hear what you have.

Marlene Dietrich WW2 Autograph and Unpublished Photos of Her with General James Gavin and Paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division

Dietrich 9 watermarkWe have here a Marlene Dietrich autograph given to a member of the 17th Airborne Division during World War Two and photos of her with General James Gavin and paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division.

The autograph was given to a member of the 17th Airborne Division while she was visiting that unit.  Marlene spent much of WWII visiting troops overseas and putting on shows.  This soldier was able to get an autograph from her.  He also wrote in the pictured letter about Marlene visiting.

Marlene was most famous for starring in movies like The Blue Angel, A Foreign Affair, and Judgment at Nuremberg.  One of the other things Marlene was known for was playing a large lumber saw as a musical instrument.  According to a book about Dietrich memorabilia, Marlene Dietrich: Photographs and Memories, she had cards depicting her playing the saw, printed in notepad format for autographs.  When an autograph was requested, she would sign the card and tear it off the pad.  This book has a photo of one of these autograph card pads.

The photos of Marlene pictured where taken by a different airborne trooper soon after the war ended.  They were found amongst his mementos from the war.  He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and was able to take these snapshot photos when Marlene Dietrich came to visit the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, General James Gavin, at the 82nd Airborne headquarters.   I have seen one photo in a book that was taken during this visit by Marlene, but I don’t believe any of the photos shown here have ever been published before.  General Jim Gavin and Marlene Dietrich were very close friends and Dietrich was a frequent visitor to 82nd Airborne Division during wartime and the occupation period.