Japanese Kamikaze pilots prepare for battle.
A comrade tightens the "HACHIMAKI" for a Japanese Kamikaze pilot ready to sortie, 1944-45. The ancient Samurai, in preparing for battle, wound this folded white cloth about their heads to confine their long hair and to keep perspiration from their eyes. The "HACHIMAKI" thus came to symbolize manly composure, and so was worn by all the Kamikaze pilots.
Naval History and Heritage Command