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  1. Re original poster's helmet: "North 7" could be "Hokubu" 北部 7 which was the... 7th Engineer Regiment Replacement Unit, 7th Depot Division. These troops were conscripted in Hokkaido where the 5th Area Army was responsible for defending Hokkaido, Sakhalin Is. and the Kuriles. No idea if there is an Attu connection, just a possible explanation for North 7.
  2. Thanks Bob! I squinted some at your photos trying to make out details of the triangle badges. It would be so cool to find one of these tunics with the badge still attached. Cheers!
  3. To me these photos look like formal studio shots, perhaps meant for family and friends. The triangles attached to tunic pockets in a number of the photos are of interest, certainly not standard uniform insignia. Possibly to identify a small unit? Thanks for sharing them.
  4. Great photos Bob. I especially like the id card never having seen one before. Those are names on the back of the two photos. Eric could probably read the first names but I can't. Last names are; 田中 Tanaka and 山内 Yamauchi. The id card is for someone in the Sasebo area. Right side; 注意 Attention Left side; 佐世保 Sasebo 鎭守府 Garrison District. Navy 海軍 in the main body text. In the last pic the document dated January 7, 1944 looks like it may be a navy conscript notification of service if they are similar to the army ones, stamped in blue on the left side it says 佐世保 海軍 Sasebo Navy 施設部 Facility Department 長部 Department Leader Tanaka
  5. You're welcome collector and thanks for the pay booklet photos, they're interesting. Of the four pay booklets three are from the 225th Independent Infantry Battalion as shown below. It seems that Yamaguchi commanded the 3rd Company, 225th Independent Infantry Battalion (his rank was probably captain). In thinking about it I imagine your Dad was one of the first Americans these guys encountered, and it would have been after the war ended. Pretty neat! 俸給支拂證票 Salary Proof of Payment Book Family names first, given names follow 1. Right hand column: Booklet 5? January 25? 1944 authorizing stamp (I think it's "5" hence ?) Left center column: 恵6046 Butai, 3rd Company Left Side: 軍曹 = Sergeant 吉村 Yoshimura 健六助 Not sure if this name is correct. 2. Right hand column: Booklet 30 January 25? 1944 blurry authorizing stamp Center column: 恵6046 Butai, 3rd Company Left Side: 上等兵 = Superior Private 市川 Ichikawa 成義 Shigeyoshi 3. Right hand column: Booklet 7 January 25? 1944 blurry authorizing stamp (former IJA map case owner) Left center column: 恵6046 Butai, 3rd Company Left Side: 軍曹 = Sergeant 辻村 Tsujimura 清吉 Seikichi, Kiyoyoshi 4. Right hand column: Booklet 155 January 1, 1942 Left center column: 福島 Butai (Fukushima Unit), 田村 Butai (Tamura Unit), 小野寺 Tai (Onotera Sub-Unit) Left side: 一等兵 Private 1st Class 三澤 Misawa 二郎 Jirou Sorry I can't help with post #19, may be katakana but it's beyond my understanding.
  6. Thanks for sharing this great collection! The chop stamps, Post 8, are both for 辻村 Tsujimura as well. (Code name 恵 = Megumi) 恵6046 is the 225th Independent Infantry Battalion, 89th Infantry Brigade, 118th Division. Yamaguchi was the company commander. The 118th Division came into existence on July 10, 1944 and served with the Mongolia Garrison Army then 13th Army around Shanghai, China until it was disbanded in Sept 1945. Inside the front (or back in western terms) cover of the pay booklets on the left side of the page there's a provision for the soldier's unit. Anything written there in either booklet? Cheers!
  7. I think that's right. Has "Type 88, 70 mm Field Anti Aircraft Cannon, High Angle Fan Shape Plate" written adjacent to serial no 1808.
  8. Not mine. Another from the same series
  9. Not mine. Gun crew in China 1932. Naval land forces
  10. Not mine. I collect army postcards with unit codes, usually showing a helmet or dove and little else printed on them This one shows Manila in the background.
  11. Have you asked yourself how the photographer would feel about you claiming a copyright on his work? This seems the very definition of irony! Having the original in your possession may give you no more right to publish it than the person you're trying to protect it from. While the photograph itself is your property the image isn't. Besides trying to copyright someone else's work, understand that a copyright expires. From copyright.gov: "The term of copyright for a particular work depends on several factors, including whether it has been published, and, if so, the date of first publication." "For works first published prior to 1978, the term will vary depending on several factors. To determine the length of copyright protection for a particular work, consult chapter 3 of the Copyright Act (title 17 of the United States Code). More information on the term of copyright can be found in Circular 15a, Duration of Copyright, and Circular 1, Copyright Basics." https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-duration.html As an illustrator I've had the experience of hiring a copyright lawyer to defend my work. It was being abused by a client. My rights were asserted by the terms included on my invoice which the client acknowledged by paying me. I won, well, at least they had no choice but to settle. That's what copyright laws are for. We would all be very much poorer if just anyone could slap a copyright on just any old picture or story.
  12. And another 2nd Area Army Field Freight Depot to 43rd Division tag, this one attached to the 136th Infantry Regiment. The tag completes representation on this thread of the 43rd Division's 43rd Infantry Group on Saipan, with one tag each from the 118th, 135th and 136th Infantry Regiments, all originating with the 2nd Area Army Field Freight Depot. There's a story here, I just don't know what it is. Tag from: http://www.historicdogtags.com/japan.html
  13. Sorry Eric and Leo, wish I could help. Ichinozawa Butai's formal identity is probably lost to time. Before the army adopted code names and numbers in 1940, it used commander's names to hide its identity and size but transfers and casualties took their toll. About the only information I can offer is "Butai" is likely a regiment and "Tai" a company. For some reason the army preferred to ignore battalion commanders in their communications. To add another layer of intrigue, if Ichinozawa Butai was an independent battalion then it's commander's name would apply after all. Cheers!
  14. Hi Robin, Now I think there was a really good chance the tag's owner was deliberately transferred to Saipan. Check out posts 29 and 30. https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=146043&hilit=Dog+tag&start=15 Apparently your guy wasn't the only 2nd Area Army Field Freight Depot member to be sent to Saipan. This one joined the 118th Infantry Regiment, 43rd Division. Not great photos but legible: Unit number 10629, personal I.D. number 500. Thanks RustyCanteen. Maybe it's a little more interesting now.
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