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#1 zook

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:07 AM

Hi folks.  

I have a dated, color photo book (coffee table size) on the Pacific War which offers photos of a significant collection of showa period swords.  

The photo attributes the swords to the "MacArthur Collection."    I had heard some stories in old reference works that the General had a fair number of Japanese swords (not shocking to me).   I finally made a trip back to the museum this past Fall ... but was disappointed in the displays.  There were only 4 swords displayed in the entire museum (which, by the way,  is quite large).  Three of the swords are attributed to famous generals (Togo and Yamashita)   You will notice in the photos it says that the sword is "reported to have" belonged to Yamashita.  I have my doubts (... just an opinion).   I apologize for the quality of photos -  hard to take good shots with my phone and the glass case.  

 

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#2 zook

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:18 AM

When I saw the sword in the display attributed to General Yamashita,  the attached Getty photo immediately came to mind.   For a sword attributed to a well-known general, why would the Sarute be removed?  

 

Anyway - I inquired about the collection and recently heard back from the museum curator.  He admitted they do have a much more expansive collection (not further defined) but do not display the swords due to space constraints.  They are considering a "digital display" in the near term under the archives section of the website.   Dan 

 

https://www.macarthu...l.org/27/Museum

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#3 PNSSHOGUN

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:47 AM

The only Yamashita sword I'm aware of is the one in Westpoint:

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#4 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 08:53 AM

Do you know who the second sword is attributed to? It has a Field grad tassel.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 09:00 AM

Hideaki Tojo.


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#6 BANGBANGSAN

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:58 PM

山下奉文 Tomoyuki Yamashita &東條英機Hideaki Tojo


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#7 zook

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 06:21 PM

Great feedback on Yamashita  -  I have not seen the West Point display!   


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#8 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:18 PM

Sooooo, I seriously doubt Tojo carried a Field grade tassel!

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 01:04 AM

Sooooo, I seriously doubt Tojo carried a Field grade tassel!

It looks Brown and yellow General tassel to me.

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#10 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 02:48 AM

Sorry, I was referring to this one:7AAD6511-9DAE-4C7D-81F8-E8B1A5EAF5E5.png

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 03:38 AM

Sorry, I was referring to this one:attachicon.gif 7AAD6511-9DAE-4C7D-81F8-E8B1A5EAF5E5.png

photo #2&#3 is the same sword.


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#12 PNSSHOGUN

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 03:48 AM

Yep, you can see the gold bullion thread near the Sarute.


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#13 Bruce Pennington

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 04:06 AM

Oh never mind! I forgot the general tassel had red and brown laced with gold.

Just pretend this never happened {tiptoeing away now}

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 08:10 AM

Tojo carried a Colt 1903?? Wow.
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 09:11 AM

There were quite a few different pistols available for officers to purchase and carry beyond the Nambu, the smaller calibre semi autos like the 1903 were a popular choice.


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Posted 29 January 2019 - 10:15 AM

Just to say say I am always astonished at the extent knowledge displaid by our members in the Gunto discussions. I bow down to your knowledge guys, you are real Pros. As I often say, real amateurs are often better than some pros... :)
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#17 David Flynn

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 02:30 PM

May I also mention that,  Generals quite often had more than one sword.  The ones handed directly at the Surrenders however, are usually the ones attributed to that particular general, even if other swords were also confiscated.


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