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.
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