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|Description||Japanese bulletproof vest made from olive-green drill cloth, with 3 pockets on each side to accommodate armor plates arranged in fish-scale fashion. Characteristics are as follows:
Weight complete - 9 pounds. Thickness of plates - 0.08 inch. Plate overlap - 0.05 inch.It is believed that the weight of this vest would preclude its general use by infantry and probably would tend to confine its use to special troops. Tests have shown that the plates are penetrated easily by .303 ball ammunition at 100 yards range, with a 30° angle of impact from normal. Figure 294 from the Handbook On Japanese Military Forces.
|Date||1 October 1944|
|Author||US War Department|
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