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Original Vietnam War North Vietnamese Army Viet Cong Souvenir Pith Helmet - QUẢNG TRỊ 1969

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Vietnam War Viet Cong National Liberation Front (NLF) pith helmet with a NLF metal helmet badge. Painted on the right side of the helmet is the North Vietnamese Army Viet Cong Flag with an NVA soldier holding a machine gun and a woman holding a rocket launcher. One the opposite side it reads QUẢNG TRỊ 1969. Speculation surrounds helmets like this, as to whether it was truly done for a Vietnamese soldier or done after the war for tourists. Regardless the helmet itself is 100% original, the paint appears to us to be period and it is well worth the investment if only for a genuine example of an NVA pith helmet.

History of the NVA
The Vietnam People's Army (VPA), also known as the Vietnamese People's Army and the People's Army of Vietnam, is the armed forces of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The VPA includes: Ground Force (including Strategic Rear Forces), Navy, Air Force, Vietnam Border Defense Force, and Vietnam Coast Guard. However, Vietnam does not have a specific separate Ground Forces or Army branch. All of the ground troops, army corps, military districts, and specialized arms belong to the Ministry of Defense (Vietnam), directly under command of the Central Military Commission, Minister of Defense, and General Staff (Vietnam People's Army).
The military flag of the Vietnam People's Army is the flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam with the words Quyết thắng (Determination to Win) added in yellow at the top left.

During the French Indochina War
(1946-1954), the VPA was often referred to as the Việt Minh. In the context of the Vietnam War (1959-1975), the army was referred to as the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). This allowed writers, the U.S. military, and the general public, to distinguish northern communists from the southern communists, or Viet Cong. However, both groups ultimately worked under the same command structure. According to Hanoi's official history, the Vietcong was a branch of the VPA.

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