& VIET CONG ARMY
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.
The pilot managed to land safely, with only slight wounds on his face, while the co-pilot was killed in his attempt to eject from the aircraft.
The 3 member patrol, with a vehicle M151 Jeep, arrived immediately at the landing point of the pilot, knowing the exact coordinates of the area the aircraft was shot down, being constantly in contact with the pilot.
A Viet Cong group has arrived in the area, in order to capture the rescued pilot, and was successfully repelled by the American patrol.
The vehicle is an American 1970 M151 Jeep, equipped with:
• 0.50” Browning machine gun
• M72 rocket launcher
• ammunition boxes
• radio receiver – transmitter
The soldiers on the jeep patrol, carry:
• 0.45” Browning pistol
• individual gear
• bulletproof vests
The sergeant on foot carries:
• automatic Μ16Α1 0.45mm’’ rifle
• full individual gear
• portable receiver-transmitter
The Phantom aircraft pilot carries:
• 0.22” survival rifle
• oxygen mask
• AntiG uniform • survival boat
The Viet Cong carries:
• AKS-47 0.39’’ submachine gun
• pyjama uniform
• individual gear