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davy

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Can anyone please help with the Kanji on the IJA helmet

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It's a name. 本岡 = Motooka. It is also a name when read right to left. 岡本=Okamoto. Not sure what is more likely.
 

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It's a name. 本岡 = Motooka. It is also a name when read right to left. 岡本=Okamoto. Not sure what is more likely.
Hi and thank you very much Okamoto , have you any idea what the top Kanji says with the circle.
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The top one isn't a kanji. It is hiragana and is read "sa". It is an abbreviation for something.

The name on the helmet is probably written front-to-back.
 

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The top one isn't a kanji. It is hiragana and is read "sa". It is an abbreviation for something.

The name on the helmet is probably written front-to-back.
Thanks don`t really understand what do you me by abbreviation, could you please give example, could it be the pilots unit designation, sometimes found on tails of planes. ???
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Thanks don`t really understand what do you me by abbreviation, could you please give example, could it be the pilots unit designation, sometimes found on tails of planes. ???
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Could it mean something like " Special Operation "
 

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Could it mean something like " Special Operation "
here is a photos of inner ear cover, I think the showa date (if I'm reading it right) is 17 so it was made in 1942. could you please check and confirm, also is there a makers name and any other information would be very much appreciated.
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Yes, the date is Showa 17, i.e., 1942.
The kanji next to the date would be 広支. This is also an abbreviation for something.
The one in the circle is a surname 杉田 Sugita.
The vertical line is 香川納. 香川 Kagawa can be both a surname and place name (prefecture or city).
 

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Yes, the date is Showa 17, i.e., 1942.
The kanji next to the date would be 広支. This is also an abbreviation for something.
The one in the circle is a surname 杉田 Sugita.
The vertical line is 香川納. 香川 Kagawa can be both a surname and place name (prefecture or city).
Hi and thank you all so much for all your help, I guess we will never know what the " hiragana " and is read "sa". was meant to mean.
thanks again
 
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