I received my WWII Japanese Airborne Special Forces figure, Sergeant Major Suzuki, last week. I am very happy with it but have a few questions.
If I have understood correctly the Giretsu were under the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) and recruited wholly from IJA paratroopers. Does this mean that they wore essentially the same uniforms as IJA paratroopers?
The Opsrey book on Japanese paratroops has photos of troops wearing both the early war paratrooper helmets and coveralls (as the ITPT figure) and the standard IJA uniform as late as Novermber 1944. IJA paratroops pretty much only fought in tropical locations. The standard IJA tropical uniform was green, as with the new DID figure, but some sources suggest that paratroops only wore the khaki version. It is hard to tell from black and white photos but those in the Osprey book do look more consistent with khaki than green (which tends to look darker). If this is right wouldn't the Giretsu have worn khaki rather than green ?
Finally, as far as I can tell the sweater included with the figure was only issued for extreme cold weather. Isn't this a bit odd with a figure wearing a standard tropical uniform ?