WWII Japanese Army China Incident War Medal -
This is a WWII Japanese China Incident Medal.
||July 27, 1939 (according to imperial Edict #496)
||1944 (Edict #418)
||1946 (Government ordinance #177)
An incident occurred at the Marco Polo bridge near Peiping on the 7th of July, 1937. This event
triggered a series of actions that would culminate with the invasion of China by Japan. The cost
in lives was measured in the hundreds of thousands. The "incident" ended with the eventual surrender
of the Japanese forces in 1945.
The war medal was awarded to soldiers departing for service in China. It was issued clear until 1945.
The medal was not to be awarded to soldiers who received the Great East Asia War Medal.
The construction of the medal consists of 30 mm bronze, with a swivel grip. The front of the medal
depicts the "Yata-no-karasu" (mythical bird) on crossed Army and Navy flags. Complete with rays of light
behind and the Chrysanthemum crest above.
The back of the medal portrays mountains, clouds and waves. The meaning behind this symbology is
Northern China, Central China and the red Sea. The inscription reads "China Incident".
The "Yata-no-karasu" is a giant three legged mythical red crow which, according to legend, guided
Jimmu Tenno's army through the mountains. In designing the medal, the decision was made to depict
the bird with only two legs.
The ribbon is 37 mm wide, watered, with the following pattern and meaning:
The ribbon bars were manufactured with the pink stripes changed to a maroon color. However, the
ribbon was not worn with the medal.
- 3 mm of blue - The sea and the Navy
- 3 mm light blue - The sky and the Air Force
- 7.5 mm tan - The red Chinese soil, for the Army
- 3.5 mm dark pink - The blood staining the Chinese soil
- 2 mm bright red - Blood and loyalty
The case is black pasteboard bearing the name of the medal in silver characters.
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