Imperial Japanese Army: North China Dispatch Badge

Here is a badge that is not only aesthetically pleasing, it documents the regiment number and area of dispatch. This badge is a higher quality than the previously posted badge, not so much in the detail of the design but in the materials used. The previous badge was a base metal, but this one is marked jungin (純銀), which means pure silver.

Let’s view the obverse:

obverse
obverse

The design shows a row of soldiers with rifles in an attack pose. Very cool. The inscription reads ‘North China Dispatch Commemorative.’

The reverse:

reverse

reverse

The design shows the Great Wall of China, which is often seen on other kinds of Japanese WW2 commemorative items such as sake cups. It seems to have been used as a general symbol of China since it was easily recognized.

The inscription reads ‘Infantry 26th Regiment.’ A quick bit of research shows that the 26th Regiment belonged to the 7th IJA Division, its call sign being the ‘Bear Division.’ This regiment consisted of troops from Hokkaido, specifically the city of Asahikawa. The Bear Division has a long history, which you can read a little bit of on WIKIPEDIA.

In 1934 this division went to Manchuria and participated in the Battle of Nomonhan. (More on that in my next post.)

According to Wikipedia, most of the Bear Division ended the war in a home defense garrison, so this badge dates from 1934 to 1945. However, since this is a pure silver badge, a later date seems highly unlikely. The probable time frame of issue is 1934-38.

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  1. great post


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