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ONSV2568

Original Vietnam War North Vietnamese Army NVA Viet Cong Unit Flag - Su Doan 320th

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an incredibly rare original VC unit flag. This flag was made during the early stages of the Vietnam War to commemorate the victory's of a particular unit. 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. Typically translations read something to the nature of, "On the road to victory against the American Aggressor." Or, "The Armed Forces Liberation of South Vietnam." and then the name of the town or area that was liberated and date in which it was taken back.

This example was made in commemoration of an actual unit, The Su Doan 320th from Quyet Thang. The flag measures 41.5" x 26" is dated 1964, 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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