Original Vietnam War 1968 NVA Viet Cong Flag People's Liberation Armed Forces of South Vietnam PLAF
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an incredibly rare original Viet Cong flag. This flag was made during the early stages of the Vietnam War urge the victory of the North Vietnamese Army over the "American Invaders". Flags of this style were all hand made in different regions but patterned after the same general design, which is why you won't find two that are made identically with consistent dimensions.This embroidered flag reads as follows:
QUÂN GIẢI PHÓNG MIỀN NAM
QUYẾT TÂM ĐÁNH THẮNG GIẶC MỸ XÂM LƯỢC
Which translates to:
SOUTHERN LIBERATION ARMY
RESOLVED TO FIGHT AND WIN AMERICAN INVADERS
The flag measures 40" x 29" is dated 1968, is one sided and has heavy nicely detailed embroidery and offered in excellent condition. A unique and hard to find flag from the earliest years of the Vietnam war.
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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