WWII Japanese Binoculars - Army -
The Japanese Army employed three different sizes of field binoculars during WWII. The type
displayed on this page are the largest used.
The following pictures provide a view of the carrying case employed. The carrying straps were
built from a khaki colored canvas material. The straps were attached to the side of the case via
two rivets per side. The top of the case is secured by a spring loaded leather latch.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for Japanese WWII field gear.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point
out specific points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Japanese gear worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the WWII gear is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the items in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The carrying strap could be adjusted by moving the hardware shown on the bottom right
The binoculars had a brown leather strap so the soldier could wear them around his neck. Markings
were found in two places as illustrated on the following pictures.
Binoculars came equipped with an extra pair of eye pieces which were designed
to eliminate the glare from the hot tropical sun. These components were housed
in a special container attached to the top of the case.
The eyepieces are of a yellow greenish color and have three sets of slits cut on
their sides. These eyepieces are difficult to find because they are very easy to
Many WWII Japanese field gear items are currently
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other WWII Japanese items, you can do so by going
to our WWII Japanese Collectibles
identification guide, where we discussed items from different groups and organizations.