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JAPANESE MILITARY WATCH BOX

Published on: November 8, 2013

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WELCOME TO GOLDSMITHWORKS EBAY STOREFRONT. GOLDSMITHWORKS AND MILITARY WATCH BOX, WITH A BEAUTIFUL STUDIO AND GALLERY LOCATED IN SUWANEE GA ARE STATE LICENSED PRECIOUS METAL DEALERS, JEWELERS, GOLDSMITH AND WATCHMAKERS, AND ARE IN$URED THROUGH JEWELERS MUTUAL. WE ARE A MEMBER OF JEWELERS OF AMERICA, THE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAN GOLDSMITHS,POLYGON, THE DIAMOND NETWORK AND HOLD A MEMBERSHIP IN THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WATCH AND CLOCK COLLECTORS. OUR TOLL FREE NUMBER IS 800-438-6894

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THOUGH GSW/MWB OPERATES AN AWESOME  BRICK AND MORTAR STUDIO & GALLERY & 5 WEBSITES ON A DEDICATED SERVER WITH OVER 30,000 PICTURES OF RESTORATIONS, AND HAVE OFFERED OUR SERVICES SINCE 1989 [JOINED THE INTERNET 1992], EBAY HAS BECOME OUR EXCLUSIVE MARKETING ENTITY FOR OUR OPERATION. WE NOT ONLY SELL EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE BAY, WE INVEST IN DOZENS WATCHES FROM FELLOW WATCH SELLERS ON THE BAY EVERY MONTH THROUGH SEVERAL ACCOUNTS. GSW STRIVES TO ABIDE BY EBAY POLICES WHILE  PROVIDING INFORMATION TO EDUCATE AND ASSIST YOU IN MAKING A DETERMINATION ON WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST WITH GSW/MWB FOR THIS OR ANOTHER GSW VINTAGE WATCH OFFERING, AND/OR ASSIST YOUR INVESTMENT THROUGH A COMPETING SELLER.  THUS, WE HAVE PLACED THESE POP-UP LINKS TO PAGES THAT WILL ASSIST YOU WHILE MAINTAINING ADHERENCE TO EBAY POLICY.

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THIS OFFER IS FOR MY 6TH
JAPANESE MILITARY WATCH BOX™
&
THE FIRST
DUAL
JAPANESE & AMERICAN
MILITARY WATCH BOX™

THIS WONDERFUL & COLORFUL MWB™
HAS BOTH
JAPANESE AND AMERICAN
WWII MEMORABILKIA
&
WATCHES

FIRST
ABSOLUTELY
SUPER RARE
1934-1942
JAPANESE
RADIUM DIALED
MILITARY
WATCH

WITH

MID 1930’S
V.W. CO
15J
2 ADJUSTMENT
MANUAL MOVEMENT

AND

DOUBLE
MILITARY
CASED SYSTEM

WITH

RARE
AWESOME
ORIGINAL ADJUSTABLE
JAPANESE
LEATHER
MILITARY STRAP

AND

READY TO WEAR
RESTORED & OVERHAULED

VINTAGE

1940
HELIOS
15 JEWEL
MANUAL
SUB-SECONDS
RED 24HR
MILITARY WATCH

WITH

AWESOME LEATHER
OVER COAT STRAP

32 x 37
W/O CROWN

WITH

1944 NEWS PAPER ARTICLES
USA & JAPANESE MEDALS
PATCHES & PICTURES
WIN

A BLACK DEAP & LARGE
GSW-GSWW-MWB
JAPANESE & AMERICAN
MILITARYWATCHBOX

AND

FREE PROFESSIONAL
ONLINE APPRAISAL
WITH
INFO BELOW

NOTE ALL ITEMS ARE GROUPED APPRAISAL
THEN
THE TWO WATCHES ARE LISTED
SEPERATLY  IN SAME OVERALL APPRAISAL

AND

FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY
ON USA & JAPANESE WATCHES

WITH

US CONTINENTAL
65.00 INSURED GROUND
WITH SIGNATURE  DELIVERY!

OR

155.00 INSURED FEDEX INTERNATIONAL
PRIORITY SHIPPING

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SERIOUS BUFFING AT HIGH HEAT & PRESSURE IS REQUIRED TO RESTORE
WATCH  CASES. THIS RIGOROUS PROCESS INCLUDES THE USE OF SEVERAL TYPES OF
ROUGE . ONE HAS TO “FEEL” THE PIECE TO GET IT RIGHT. THAT MEANS USING MY HANDS. WHEN YOU COMBINE THE EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND THE ROUGE,
THE DEPOSITS ON MY HANDS ARE SEMI-PERMANENT.  IT TAKES DAYS TO GET THE ROUGE OUT OF MY HANDS. SO, IF THE PICS OF MY HANDS LOOK “DIRTY”, KNOW IT IS DUE TO THE MY HANDS ABSORBING WHAT YOU DO NOT WANT ON YOUR AWESOME RESTORED TIME PIECE!  HAVE A GREAT DAY!.


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Kintaro Hattori

  • 881 — Kintaro Hattori opens the watch and jewelry shop “K. Hattori” (Hattori Tokaiten in Japanese; currently named Seiko Holdings Corporation) in the Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1892 — Seikosha is established in Tokyo as the clock manufacturing arm of K. Hattori.
  • 1917 — K. Hattori becomes a company (K. Hattori & Co., Ltd.).
  • 1937 — The watch production division of Seikosha is split off as Daini Seikosha Co., Ltd. ( “Daini” = “The Second” Seikosha).
    • 1942 — Daiwa Kogyo, Ltd. is founded in Suwa, Nagano by Hisao Yamazaki.
    • 1943 — Daini Seikosha establishes a factory in Suwa for manufacturing watches with Daiwa Kogyo.

FROM 1874 TO 1917,  JAPAN HAD SHED HER ANCIENT OUT-DATED WAYS AND MOVED WITH UNEXPECTED FORCE INTO THE MODERN WORLD.

JAPAN  HAD BECOME A BUILDER OF HER OWN ARMAMENTS, SHIPS, PLANES AND HAD EVEN  IMPROVED UPON THE ADVANCEMENTS OF THE MODERNIZED WORLD.

IN FACT, AFTER THE 1904-05 ANNIHILATION OF TWO VAUNTED AND POWERFUL RUSSIAN FLEETS, SHE HAD BECOME A WELCOME TREATY PARTNER OF THE USA, BRITAIN AND THE WORLD AT LARGE.

BY 1917,  DAINI SEIKOSHA WAS SEEKING WESTERN TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE THEIR  CAPABILITIES TO PRODUCE MODERN WATCHES. THEY INVITED SWISS AND AMERICAN WATCH COMPANIES TO JAPAN. THEY DID WHAT THE JAPANESE DO BEST. UNDER THE BANNER OF POSSIBLE EXPORTS, THESE COMPANIES WOULD, IN FACT, TEACH THE JAPANESE WOW TO MAKE WATCHES THAT, BY THE 1950’S, WOULD COMPETE TOE TO TOE, WITH THE ENTIRE GLOBAL WATCH COMMUNITY.


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IN 1917, JAPAN HAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE MOST ADVANCED COMPANIES IN SWITZERLAND AND THE UNITED STATES. THE ABOVE ADD IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THIS OFFER AND ITS HISTORY.

MANY SEIKOSHA MILITARY WATCHES CONTAINED WALTHAM AND OTHER SWISS MOVEMENTS! IN ADDITION, SWISS TECHNOLOGY AND FINISHING TECHNIQUES CAN BE FOUND IN THE LIMITED ANTIQUE VINTAGE JAPANESE TIME PIECES AVAILABLE TODAY, SUCH AS THIS SEIKOSHA SEIKO TIME PIECE WITH SEIKOSHA MOVEMENT THAT HAS ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A SWISS OR AMERICAN TIME PIECE OF THE DAY.


THIS * JAPANESE MILITARY WATCH >

I SPEND MOST OF MY “SPARE” TIME SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR RESTORATION,. I DO NOT COLLECT THEM, I SELL THEM– SO I CAN DO IT OVER AND OVER. SO, THIS PARTICULAR JAPANESE WATCH WAS A SUPER RARE FIND.  WHILE MOST ARE SEIKOSHA , AS I STATED ABOVE, MANY EARLIER WATCHES CONTAINED MOVEMENTS FROM SWISS AND AMERICAN COMPANIES .

* Almost every Japanese military timepiece seen to date has carried the mark of watch manufacturer ‘Seikosha’ or ‘K. Hattori’, the forerunners of the modern day Seiko Co. Ltd. Ginza Tokyo, Japan.

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ITEMS IN ABOVE PHOTOS ARE NOT INCLUDED
IN THIS OFFER THEY ARE SHOWN TO DEMONSTRATE
WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT SERIOUS COLLECTIBLE
WATCHES. THOUGH WE OFFER A LIMITED WARRANTY
, TREAT THIS BEAUTY AS A VALUABLE
COLLECTOR TIME PIECE
PARTS ARE EXTREMELY HARD TO LOCATE

NOTE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE 15
ORIGINAL IMPERIAL & WWI ERA
SEIKOSHA/SEIKO/NATION DIALS


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THIS JAPANESE WWII MILITARY WATCH
IS EXTREMELY RARE
MOST ARE SEIKOSHA BASED
YET WE SOMETIMES DISCOVER FAMILY OWNED
WATCHES THAT DATE TO THE BEGINNING
OF THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL ERA
SOME BASED ON SWISS WATCH MOVEMENTS
CASED IN JAPANESE DUAL CASES

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THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST
WWII JAPANESE MILITARY WATCHES

THIS WATCH HAS THE SEIKOSHA/SEIKO
DOUBLE CASE WITH FIVE CASE PARTS
AND
DUAL CRYSTALS
WITH
LARGE STEM TUBE ON INNER CASE
SO THAT IT WILL FIT THROUGH
THE OUTER CASE

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WE RE-ILLUMINATED THE HANDS
AND
HAND FINISHED
&
SIZED
NEW CRYSTALS

*RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminov

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THERE IS EVIDENCE OF KANJI ON DIAL
WE CHOSE TO KEEP THIS BEAUTY AS WE FOUND HER

THE ORIGINAL
BLACK PAINT
ON
BRASS
RADIUM DIAL
HAD
RAISED
ILLUMINATED NUMERALS

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NOTICE THE WIRE LUG
AND
SPRING BAR

THIS SETUP LOOKS & ACTS LIKE
THIS SETUP WAS INTENTIONAL

STRAP IT FITS PERFECTLY
MAKING THE BUCKLING EASIER
ON THE WIRE LUG SIDE
AND SMOOTHER ON THE LARGE BRASS SIDE

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THE LEATHER STRAP ON THIS WATCH
HAS ALL THE DETAILS
WE DISCOVER ON
JAPANESE MILITARY STRAPS

TRIANGULAR STITCHED PATTERN
THAT HOLDS THE GO-THROUGH
THIS TYPE OF STITCHING
PROVIDES DURABILITY

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THE SPRING BAR SIDE

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WIRE LUG SIDE MAKES BUCKLING EASIER

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BUCKLE IS STEEL

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BUCKLE IS 24MM

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STITCHING IS EXCELLENT CONDITION

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VERY CLEAN

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THE STRAP IN IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
THERE ARE SOME CREASING & LIGHT
SURFACE  CRACKS

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THERE ARE WORN KANJI STAMPINGS

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NOTICE THE SURFACE CREASE/CRACK FRONT BUCKLE
ON CENTER OF EATHER STRAP OVER LUG
THEY DO NOT EXTEND THROUGH LEATHER

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FINISH HAS RESTORED THE LEATHER
IS WAS EXTEREMLY DRY BEFORE A 4 HOUR PROCESS
SOFTENED AND BROUGHT OUT THIS EXCELLENT
VINTAGE COLOR

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FINISH HAS RESTORED THE LEATHER
IS WAS EXTEREMLY DRY BEFORE A 4 HOUR PROCESS
SOFTENED AND BROUGHT OUT THIS EXCELLENT
VINTAGE COLOR

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INNER CASE WITH BACK AND BEZEL
NOTE THE LONG STEM TUBE

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OUTER CASE BACK IS STEEL

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DUST PROOF

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*RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminov

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*RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminov

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THIS DIAL IS SMALL AND ONLY FITS THIS CASE
WE COULD HAVE RESTORED BUT THEN, IN THIS CASE,
HE VALUE WOULD LESSEN. IT IS SIMPLY TOO RARE.
BUT ALL NUMERALS ARE VISABLE EXCEPT #6

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OUTER CASE TOP
THE CHROME HAS MARS,
BUT NOT AS MUCH AS YOU SEE IN THIS PICTURE
WHEN YOUTAKE PICS THIS HIGH RES
THEY TEND TO MAGNIFY

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THIS
EARLY
1930’S

VW CO HERALD
15 JEWEL
2 ADJUSTMENT
MOVEMENT
IS
NEAR IDENTICAL
TO
LATER
SEIKOSHA MOVEMENTS

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CONDITION
– EXCELLENT-
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME

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WITH YOUR INVESTMENT YOU RECEIVE:

C) FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY

D) 1290.00 PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE **APPRAISAL

**
APPRAISALS ARE STORED ON A GSW DEDICATED SERVER APPRAISAL WEBSITE WHERE YOU MAY DOWN-LOAD, COPY-TO OR FORWARD TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY OR JEWELERS MUTUAL ONLINE 24/7


HELIOS WWII MILITARY WATCH ON
AN ORIGINAL LEATHER STRAP

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AWESOME FLAT WHITE MILITARY DIAL
RE-LUMED RAISED OUTLINED NUMERALS

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BLACK OUTER MINUTE CHAPTER RING
BLACK SUB-SECONDS REGISTER
RED 24 HR

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SIGNED

HELIOS
SHOCK RESIST
ANTIMAGNETIC
SWISS

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LUM IS NICE

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ALL STAINLESS STEEL CASE
WITH
MILITARY STYLE SCREW CASE BACK

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THIS AWESOME HELIOS
IS ATTACHED TO A KILLER
AVIATORS LEATHER STRAP

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THE LEATHER IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

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NO TEARS OR BREAKS

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THIS STRAP HAS BEEN RESTORED
IS FITS 7.7 TO SIZE 9
IT WAS MADE SO THAT
THE WATCH COULD BE WORN ON
THE OUTSIDE OF A FLIGHT JACKET
OR OTHER MILITARY JACKET/COAT

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THE FINISH IS EVEN WITH AN AGED LOOK

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WATCH AND STRAP FIT

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TOGETHER PERFECTLY

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BUCKLE SWIVELS ON THE STRAP

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STRAIGHT PICTURE
YOU CAN SEE THE COLOR
IS STUNNING

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ANOTHER STRAIGHT SHOT

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PERFECT

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YOU CAN SEE THE GRAIN
IN THE LEATHER

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HELIOS
MODIFIED
AS 1035
1940

Features
manual wind
sub second

Data
10.5”’, Dm= 23.3mm
H= 3.8mm
15/17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h


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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  –  RUNS EXCELLENT
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WITH YOUR INVESTMENT YOU RECEIVE:

C) FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY

D) 890.00 PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE **APPRAISAL

**
APPRAISALS ARE STORED ON A GSW DEDICATED SERVER APPRAISAL WEBSITE WHERE YOU MAY DOWN-LOAD, COPY-TO OR FORWARD TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY OR JEWELERS MUTUAL ONLINE 24/7


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THIS
MILITARY WATCH BOX™
INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING

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ORIGINAL NEWS PAPER ARTICLE CONCERNING THE
BATTLE FOR OKINAWA

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE COMPARING THE LOSS OF LIFE
BETWEEN THE JAPANESE & AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN THE PACIFIC

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ORIGINAL PHOTO OF IMPERIAL SOLDIERS

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JAPANESE WAR MEDAL
W/BOX

The heightened tensions of the Marco Polo bridge Incident led directly into full scale war with the Battle of Beiping-Tianjin at the end of July and the Battle of Shanghai in August

The war medal was awarded to soldiers departing for service in China. It was issued  until 1945. 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 Marco Polo Bridge Incident was a battle between the Republic of China’s National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japanese Army, often used as the marker for the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945).

The eleven-arch granite bridge, Lugouqiao, is an architecturally significant structure, restored by the Kangxi Emperor (1662–1722). Often signifying the opening of Japan’s comprehensive invasion of mainland China, both this 7 July and 18 September (Mukden Incident) are still remembered as days of national humiliation by most Chinese.

Under the terms of the Boxer Protocol of 7 September 1901, China had granted nations with legations in Beijing the right to station guards at twelve specific points along railways connecting Beijing with Tianjin. This was to ensure open communications between the capital and the port. By a supplementary agreement on 15 July 1902, these forces were allowed to conduct maneuvers without informing the authorities of other nations in China.[4]

By July 1937, Japan had expanded to maintain forces estimated between 7000–15,000 men, mostly along the railways. This number of men and amount of material was several times the size of those detachments deployed by European powers, and greatly in excess of the limits set by the Boxer Protocol.

Marco Polo Bridge, located outside of the walled town of Wanping  to the southwest of Beijing was the choke point of the Pinghan Railway (Beijing-Wuhan), and guarded the only passage linking Beijing to Kuomintang-controlled areas in the south. Prior to July 1937, the Japanese military had repeatedly demanded the withdrawal of all Chinese forces stationed in this area, and had attempted to purchase nearby land to build an airfield. The Chinese refused, as Japanese control of the bridge and Wanping town would completely isolate Beijing from the Kuomintang-controlled south.

ensions between the Empire of Japan and China had been fanned since the Invasion of Manchuria in 1931 and subsequent creation of a nominally independent state, Manchukuo, with Puyi, the last monarch of the Qing Dynasty, as its sovereign. Although the Kuomintang (KMT) government of China refused to recognize Manchukuo, a truce between Japan and Republican China had been negotiated in 1931. However, at the end of 1932 the Japanese Army invaded Rehe Province (Jehol Province). This was annexed into Manchukuo in 1933.

Per the He–Umezu Agreement of 9 June 1935, China recognized the “neutrality” of eastern Hebei and Chahar provinces, though both were practically under Japanese occupation. Later that year, Japan officially established the East Hebei Autonomous Council, turning these regions into a puppet state and buffer-zone. By the start of 1937 all the areas north, east and west of Beijing were controlled by Japan.

From June 1937, Japanese troops carried out intensive military training maneuvers in the vicinity of the western end of the Marco Polo Bridge. These were held every night (other foreign garrison troops seldom held night maneuvers), and the Chinese government requested that advance notice be given so that local inhabitants would not be disturbed. The Japanese agreed to this condition. However, on the night of July 7, 1937, night maneuvers were carried out without prior notice, greatly alarming the local Chinese forces.

Chinese troops, thinking an attack was underway, fired a few ineffectual rifle shots, leading to a brief exchange of fire at approximately 23:00. When a Japanese soldier failed to return to his post, his company commander, Major Kiyonao Ichiki, thought that the Chinese had captured him, and reported the incident to his regimental commander, Colonel Renya Mutaguchi. Chinese regimental commander Ji Xingwen (219th Regiment, 37th Division, 29th Route Army) received a telephone message from the Japanese demanding permission to enter Wanping to search for the missing soldier.

At 23:40, General Qin Dechun, acting commander of the 29th Route Army and Chairman of the Hebei-Chahar Political Council was contacted by Japanese military intelligence with the same demand. He responded that in his opinion, the Japanese had violated China’s sovereignty by conducting maneuvers without advance notice, and refused the Japanese demand for entry into Wanping. However, Qin said that he would order Chinese troops stationed at Wanping to conduct a search on their own behalf with an attached Japanese officer. The Japanese were satisfied with the reply, but while both sides prepared their investigators, a unit of Japanese infantry attempted to breach Wanping’s defences and were repulsed. An ultimatum by the Japanese was issued two hours later. As a precautionary measure, Qin contacted 37th Divisional commander General Feng Zhian to place his troops on heightened alert.

At around 03:30 on the morning of 8 July, Japanese reinforcements in the form of four mountain guns and a company of machine gunners arrived from nearby Fengtai. The Chinese also rushed an extra division of troops to the area. At around 04:50, two Japanese investigators were allowed into Wanping. However, notwithstanding the presence of the Japanese investigators within the town, the Japanese Army opened fire with machine guns at around 05:00. Japanese infantry backed with armored vehicles attacked the Marco Polo Bridge, along with a modern railroad bridge to the southeast of town.
Colonel Ji Xingwen led the Chinese defenses with about 100 men, with orders to hold the bridge at all costs. After inflicting severe casualties, the Japanese forces partially overran the bridge and its vicinity in the afternoon, but the reinforced Chinese soon outnumbered the Japanese. Taking advantage of mist and rain on the morning of 9 July, the Chinese were able to retake the bridge by 06:00. At this point, the Japanese military and members of the Foreign Service began negotiations in Beijing with the Chinese Nationalist government.
A verbal agreement with General Qin was reached, whereby an apology would be given by the Chinese; punishment would be dealt to those responsible; control of Wanping would be turned over to the Hopei civilian constabulary and not with the 219th Regiment; and better control of “communists” in the area. This was agreed upon, though Japanese Garrison Infantry Brigade commander General Masakazu Kawabe initially rejected the truce and continued to shell Wanping against his superiors’ orders for the next three hours until prevailed upon to cease and to move his forces to the northeast.

MARINE GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL

One of the oldest military awards of the United States military. The Navy Good Conduct Medal was first issued in 1869, followed by a Marine version in 1896. The Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal was issued in 1923 and the Army Good Conduct Medal in 1941. The Air Force was the last service to create a Good Conduct Medal in 1963.

The Good Conduct Medal is awarded to any active-duty enlisted member of the United States military who completes three consecutive years of “honorable and faithful service”. Such service implies that a standard enlistment was completed without any non-judicial punishments, disciplinary infractions, or court martial offenses. If a service member commits an offense, the three-year mark “resets” and a service member must perform an additional three years of service without having to be disciplined, before the Good Conduct may be authorized.

During times of war, the Good Conduct Medal may be awarded for one year of faithful service. The Good Conduct Medal may also be awarded posthumously, to any service member killed in the line of duty.

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197th Infantry Brigade
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Crest:  On a blue oval 1 1/8 inches in height, a gold caltrap above a blue scroll with the motto “Forever Forward” in gold lettering. Shield: The color blue is used for Infantry, the gold color symbolizing leadership and achievement.  The caltrap is an ancient offensive weapon employed to deny the use of certain pertinent terrain to hostile forces and alludes to the attack, seizure and staying power of the Brigade. Motto: “Forever Forward”

The 197th Infantry Brigade was constituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 197th Infantry Brigade, and assigned to the 99th Division. Organized in November 1921 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Re-designated 23 March 1925 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 197th Brigade. Re-designated 24 August 1936 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 197th Infantry Brigade.

Converted and re-designated 12 February 1942 as the 99th Reconnaissance Company, 99th Division Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 198th Infantry Brigade, concurrently converted and re-designated as the 3rd Platoon, 99th Reconnaissance Troop, 99th Division. Troop ordered into active military service 15 November 1942.

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