Original U.S. Vietnam War Captured Viet Cong Headquarters Flag with Gold Fringe - 36” x 60”
Original Item: Only One Available. Genuine US Soldier bringback from the Vietnam War. This cotton flag measures 36 inches tall by 60 inches wide and is a three-piece construction. Has a pocket on the hoist edge for the pole. Surrounding the 3 sides are a lovely golden fringe, generally used for the various headquarters and division element locations. A very nicely constructed flag with period stitching, this is not one of the cheap tourist or reproduction type flags that flood the market today.
There is no writing or stamps present on the flag. The overall condition is excellent with very minor staining, no color loss and no significant damage that we can find. This was a flag that was either captured and stowed away and was taken down at the end of the Soldier or Marines rotation in Vietnam. The flag was well kept and properly stored or displayed in a way to reduce any type of damage to the material.
Truly a wonderful example and one that would be hard to upgrade! Comes more than ready for display.
The Viet Cong, also known as the National Liberation Front, was a mass political organization in South Vietnam and Cambodia with its own army – the People's Liberation Armed Forces of South Vietnam (PLAF) – that fought against the United States and South Vietnamese governments during the Vietnam War, eventually emerging on the winning side. It had both guerrilla and regular army units, as well as a network of cadres who organized peasants in the territory it controlled. Many soldiers were recruited in South Vietnam, but others were attached to the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), the regular North Vietnamese army. During the war, communists and anti-war activists insisted the Việt Cộng was an insurgency indigenous to the South, while the U.S. and South Vietnamese governments portrayed the group as a tool of Hanoi. Although the terminology distinguishes northerners from the southerners, communist forces were under a single command structure set up in 1958.
North Vietnam established the National Liberation
Front on December 20, 1960, to foment insurgency in the South. Many of the Việt Cộng's core members were volunteer "regroupees", southern Việt Minh who had resettled in the North after the Geneva Accord (1954). Hanoi gave the regroupees military training and sent them back to the South along the Ho Chi Minh trail in the early 1960s. The NLF called for southern Vietnamese to "overthrow the camouflaged colonial regime of the American imperialists" and to make "efforts toward the peaceful unification". The PLAF's best-known action was the Tet Offensive, a gigantic assault on more than 100 South Vietnamese urban centers in 1968, including an attack on the U.S. embassy in Saigon. The offensive riveted the attention of the world's media for weeks, but also overextended the Việt Cộng. Later communist offensives were conducted predominantly by the North Vietnamese. The organization was dissolved in 1976 when North and South Vietnam were officially unified under a communist government.
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