[Vietnam War]

Viet Cong Nylon Belt with Brass Buckle

$249.99

Very Good Condition

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The Viet Cong – National Liberation Front – used the widest variety of uniforms, headgear and field gear of all the forces fighting in Viet Nam.

VC Main Force units, which were comprised of typically full time soldiers, were organized as Companies, Battalions and Regiments, some as early as 1959. As you may know, the Cadre of these Main Force units, their Officers and senior NCOs, were often Hanoi stay behinds or were infiltrated NVA soldiers. Because of this, these Main Force units were often issued some Chinese made weapons and field gear by their Hanoi benefactors. These units tended to try to standardize their uniforms and equipment, like any military force. They also used Fold rench or captured US made field gear. Standardization on Chinese small arms and equipment was more common as the war dragged on.

When equipment was not sent to these Main Force units, some Main Force units manufactured their own field gear, uniforms and headgear in their jungle workshops. Much of what they copied was patterned after French, ChiCom, North Vietnamese or even US made field gear.

On the other hand, Local Viet Cong units, comprised of part-time guerrillas, either used captured equipment or made their own crude field gear and uniforms. Like their Main Force comrades, they tried to pattern their equipment on French and ChiCom gear. The materials used on the local made gear was often very low quality.

Regardless of your desire to have VC Main Force or VC Local Force uniforms, head gear or equipment, you will find a fascinating variety of items in this area of collecting.

This is a VC jungle made belt from salvage parachute or cargo strap nylon with a copy of the a British Army buckle.  As you may know, when WWII ended the French Army barely existed such that they had no Army to send back to their Vietnamese Colony to take the surrender of the Japanese. Instead, British troops from the Far East were sent to Vietnam.  They were there for about six months before the French arrived.  I have seen VC jungle made copies of the British Enfield Revolver and No1 Mk4 rifle.

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