The Vietnam War, was a large armed conflict, between the West and the East, during the Cold War. In theory, the war was fought between the Democratic Army of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).

In reality, it was a war via representatives, between USA and USSR, although USSR was not directly involved in any military action.

The Viet Cong, officially named as (The National Liberation Front of South Vietnam), was a mass political and military organization, which was mainly active in Vietnam and Cambodia, initially against the government of South Vietnam, while later it fought against the United States and South Vietnamese governments, during the Vietnam War (1959-1975).

In 1960, it became the military branch of the National Liberation Front. It consisted both of guerrilla and regular army.

US soldiers were already involved since 1959, but actually arrived in large numbers in 1965. The American army departed in 1973, which eventually led to the surrender of South Vietnam, to North Vietnam, on April 30, 1975.


Song Hong River Area, North Vietnam, August 1970

The set up represents a highly risky rescue of an American pilot of a Phantom fighter plane, which was shot down by Viet Cong guerrillas, with an RPG missile launcher.