SUMMER EXHIBITION – Japanese Soldier’s ‘Good Luck Flag’

SUMMER EXHIBITION – Japanese Soldier’s ‘Good Luck Flag’

Before a deployment the friends and relatives of a Japanese serviceman could write good wishes or expressions of care onto the white portions of a Japanese national flag, as if shining outwards from the central red sun. Soldiers often attached great significance to these flags and would keep them during their time in the armed forces, as they were seen to provide morale and a tangible connection to their loved ones.

During the course of the war many examples of these flags were captured from Japanese troops and were kept as souvenirs. This particular flag was brought back by Brigadier Charles Carroll OBE MC, who served in Burma with 6th and 7th Gurkha Rifles.

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