Patriotic Martyr Badges
殉國章
Pure silver (stamped jungin) China Incident Martyr badge.
Inscribed ' China Incident Martyr Badge, Hokkaido.'
The maker's label shows that this badge was made (or sold) in a
Tokyo shop.
Rare Pacific-war era badge.

Both the reverse of the badge and the box lid are
inscribed 'Great East Asia War, Martyr Badge,
Hokkaido.'
Pure silver badge.
Inscribed 'China Incident Martyr for the Country Badge, Hokkaido.'
Rare Pacific-war era badge.

Both the reverse of the badge and the box lid are inscribed 'Great East Asia
War, Martyr Badge, Hokkaido.' The lining on this one is different from the one
above, a bit lower quality.
There are two kinds of these martyr badges, a China Incident badge and a Great East Asia War badge. The latter badge
must date from Dec 1941 to August 1945 and probably replaced the earlier one. However, I do not know who got these
badges or who issued them.

The obverse design has some stylized clouds, a dove, a Japanese combat helmet, and the Great Wall of China. In
addition three cherry petals, a symbol of the fallen warrior, are in the bottom half. An Army star connects the main
badge and the suspension. This star is usually gold gilt.

All varieties I have seen were from Hokkaido. The earlier badges are of a higher quality and sometimes are pure silver;
the later badges are almost always a base metal.

The cases for the earlier medals, too, are quite nice, but the later cases are plain paulownia wood with a cheap fitted
lining. This isn't always true, though. I have seen some exceptions.


The same inscription is on the badge, case lid, and outer cardboard box.

The maker's label shows that this was manufactured at Sapporo Medals.