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  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | NVA’s T-59 Tanks

    At about 0830 on April 16, 1975, a reinforced mechanized infantry battalion of North Vietnamese Army troops hit the Army of the Republic of Vietnam’s 5th Infantry Regiment defending Thanh Son Air Base’s main gate. Demoralized South...

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    Arsenal | The Navy’s Nasty Class Patrol Boats

    On July 30, 1964, four speedy U.S. Navy wooden hulled boats, manned by South Vietnamese commandos advised by elite American troops, entered the Gulf of Tonkin. They carried out a late-evening attack against North Vietnam’s radar station...

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    Arsenal | The M-41 Walker Bulldog

    A mainstay of ARVN armored units right up to the fall of South Vietnam. Operation Lam Son 719 took South Vietnamese forces deep into Laotian territory in February 1971. Intending to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, troops of the Army of the...

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    Arsenal | A-4 Skyhawk

    From the first shot to the last, the Navy’s most prodigious attack aircraft of the war. On August 5, 1964, aircraft from the USS Constellation and Ticonderoga struck the North Vietnamese fuel depot at Vinh and three enemy PT boat bases....

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    Arsenal | North Vietnam’s Ilyushin Il-14 Crate

    A twin-engine Ilyushin Il-14 (NATO code name Crate), North Vietnam’s primary cargo and troop transport plane, flew over Tchepone Airfield in Laos on Oct. 25, 1961—a flight photographed by a U.S. Air Force McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo...

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    Arsenal | The M-101A1 105mm howitzer

    The ubiquitous 105MM howitzer was the mainstay of every firebase and used in nearly every major battle of the Vietnam War. The first “105” prototype was built in 1920 and, after much modification, approved as the M-1 105mm field...

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    Arsenal | A-6 Intruder: Cutting-edge Attack in Vietnam

    The Grumman A-6 Intruder, developed in the late 1950s as a long-range all-weather nuclear strike aircraft, arrived in Southeast Asia in June 1965 and notched a number of firsts in Vietnam:  The Navy’s first attack plane able to...

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    Arsenal | M72 LAW: The Disposable Tank Killer

    While rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) gave the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese an “equalizer” against American tanks, American troops acquired an even lighter, handier weapon for that purpose with the deployment in 1963 of the M72...

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    Arsenal | The Walleye: One Smart Bomb

    To help celebrate Ho Chi Minh’s 77th birthday on May 19, 1967, a Navy A-4 pilot aimed a new TV-guided glide bomb at Hanoi’s main power plant, scoring a direct hit in its first use in combat. The AGM-62, or Walleye, allowed pilots to...

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    Arsenal | The Claymore: A compact killer

    Naming his invention after the famous Scottish two-handed Claymore sword, Norman MacLeod applied the German-Hungarian anti-personnel mine research of World War II to a mine intended to counter Chinese human wave attacks during the Korean...

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    Arsenal | The M-110 8-inch howitzer: Accurate and Deadly

    The self-propelled M-110 8-inch howitzer was a corps and division-level weapon that could bust bunkers, destroy enemy infantry in the open and excel at counter-battery fire. Consisting of an M2A1E1 8-inch howitzer mounted on a tracked...

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    Arsenal | UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” Helicopter

    At 10:48 a.m. on Nov. 14, 1965, UH-1B helicopters delivered the lead units of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), to Landing Zone X-Ray in South Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley...

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    Arsenal | The SA-7 Grail

    The Soviet-built Strela-2 Man Portable Air Defense (MANPAD) system was developed in the late 1950s, based heavily on intelligence gleaned by the KGB about the American FIM-43 Redeye surface-to-air missile (SAM). It had an impact on the...

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    The EA-6B Prowler: Outwitting Hanoi’s air defenses

    North Vietnam’s air defenses were among the most advanced of their day, rivaling those deployed around Moscow. The diversity of radars and integrated weapons coverage made defense suppression support essential to any tactical strike...

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    The RPG-7: North Vietnam’s equalizer

    Introduced into Soviet Service in 1962 and provided to North Vietnam starting in 1966, the RPG-7 was carried by every infantry squad in the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN). Although it saw its initial combat in the 1967Arab-Israeli War,...

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    North Vietnam’s M-30: A critical key to victory

    Despite popular perceptions, it was the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) that ultimately carried the day in Vietnam, and it did so via traditional combined arms operations with artillery playing a key role. The Marines at Khe Sanh and Army...