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  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The M14 Rifle

    In April 1958, the government-owned Springfield Armory in Massachusetts initiated production of the M14 rifle. The product of nearly 15 years of research and development, the new weapon could switch between semi-automatic and fully...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | F-104C Starfighter

    In December 1951, after Lockheed Corp. aircraft designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson returned from meetings with U.S. Air Force pilots fighting over Korea, he was committed to developing the world’s fastest and highest-flying fighter....

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    Arsenal | M19 60 mm Mortar

    The 1st and 2nd platoons of B Company, 9th Marine Regiment, attacked North Vietnamese Army positions on Hill 861 near Khe Sanh on April 24, 1967, and came under heavy fire as they moved into position. The Americans responded by deploying...

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    Arsenal | North Vietnam’s P-4 Torpedo Boat

    At approximately 3:05 p.m. on Aug. 2, 1964, USS Maddox fired three warning shots at three North Vietnamese P-4 patrol torpedo boats approaching the destroyer at high speed.  Over the next 20 minutes, the Maddox fired more than 280...

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    Arsenal | M113A1 Personnel Carrier

    A group of troops atop an M113 is one of the iconic images of the Vietnam War. The M113 armored personnel carrier, second only to the UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter in battlefield importance, entered production in April 1960....

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    Arsenal | Capturing Enemy Territory on Film

    On Oct. 23, 1961, the commander of the Thirteenth Air Force ordered the RF-101Cs of Task Force Pipe Stem to fly a reconnaissance mission over Tchephone airfield in Laos to confirm reports of a North Vietnamese and Soviet presence. The...

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    Arsenal | The .51-Caliber Copter Killer

    Operation Lamar Plain from May 15 to Aug. 14, 1969, a follow-up to the Battle of Hamburger Hill in the A Shau Valley, annihilated the North Vietnamese 2nd Regiment. In the end, 497 enemy soldiers were dead, including the regiment’s...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The First Stealth Aircraft

    On July 26, 1968, the North Vietnamese fired two SA-2 surface-to-air missiles at SR-71A No. 976. Neither crewman saw the SAMs detonate about 2 miles behind the supersonic “Blackbird,” whose crews called it “Habu,” after the deadly...

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    Arsenal | The Aussie’s ‘Soldier Proof’ Gun

    Australia’s F1 submachine gun is one of the most recognizable and yet least known of the weapons used in the Vietnam War. Selected to replace the popular World War II–era Owen submachine gun after field testing in 1963, the F1 shared...

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    Arsenal | The NVA’s ‘Quick Change’ Machine Gun

    The Soviet-made PK general purpose machine gun—never as widely employed as the ubiquitous the Soviet-made AK-47 assault rifle and RPD light machine gun—began to replace the Soviets’ DP light machine gun in the North Vietnamese Army...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | CH-47C Chinook Helicopter

    The CH-47 arose from a 1956 decision to replace the U.S. Army’s piston-engine helicopters with more powerful gas-turbine models. After a yearlong debate over mission requirements, the Army settled on two designs: a troop carrier, the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The NVA’s Soviet Light Machine Gun

    A popular automatic weapon with North Vietnamese infantry squads, the Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryov, or Degtyaryov light machine gun, was designed in the late 1940s by Vasily Degtyaryov to replace the DPM light machine gun in Soviet rifle...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | M79 Grenade Launcher

    Developed in the 1950s and entering service in 1961 to replace rifle grenades as an infantry platoon support weapon, the M79 single-shot grenade launcher looks like a large-bore sawed-off shotgun and fires a 40 mm grenade. The gun employs...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    A Failure of Leadership in South Vietnam

     Was the Vietnam War essentially “unwinnable” because of the incorrigibly venal, consistently corrupt and—worst of all—egregiously incompetent South Vietnamese government officials and senior military commanders? Frank...

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    Media Digest | A Book Duet

     In the last few days of October 1969, thousands of North Vietnamese Army troops surrounded a small, dangerously isolated firebase defended by about 150 Special Forces–led Montagnard fighters and a handful of American artillerymen....

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    Blood on His Hands: JFK’S Costly Blunders

    The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam Although Vietnam War historians have been quick to criticize Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon for their...