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    Vietnam War Weapons (1955-1975)

    The Vietnam War utilized a wide mix of small arms, airpower, naval systems and armored vehicles - but gains and losses were still decided by the "Boots-on-the-Ground".





    The Vietnam War stemmed from a culmination of rising tensions, alliances and expansion of ideologies during of the Cold War primarily fought between the Soviet Union and the West. One battlefield for the war became Southeast Asia involving the nations of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Communist-backed North Vietnamese forces squared off against the democratic South Vietnamese (allied with the United States) that produced a bloody conflict taking thousands of lives. The Vietnam War officially began on November 1st, 1955 and would last until April 30th, 1975 with the fall of Saigon - covering over 19 years of consistent conflict that resulted in 1.1 million deaths for communist-aligned forces and 315,384 total deaths for South Vietnam and its allies (United States casualties were 58,159 in the war). Total civilian deaths, always difficult to assess in war, is said to have numbered between 420,000 and 2.5 million.


    The United States formed a large part of the military presence in the war. Communist-friendly forces were made up of the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong, the latter a pro-communist guerilla force originating from South Vietnam. Despite the vast resources, manpower and show of force, the West failed in containing the spread of NVA forces resulting in a North Vietnamese victory and subsequently unifying both North and South Vietnam under the rule of the communist North.




    The combined forces of the United States, South Vietnam, South Korea, Australia, Philippines, New Zealand, Thailand, Khmer Republic, the Kingdom of Laos, and the Republic of China (Taiwan).


    Aircraft

    Beechcraft King Air
    Bell AH-1 Cobra / HueyCobra
    Bell OH-58 Kiowa
    Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey)
    Boeing B-47 Stratojet
    Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
    Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter
    Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight
    Boeing CH-47 Chinook
    Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
    Boeing VC-137 Stratoliner
    Cessna A-37 Dragonfly
    Cessna O-1 Bird Dog
    Cessna O-2 Skymaster
    Cessna T-37 Tweet
    Cessna T-41 Mescalero
    Convair B-36 Peacemaker
    Convair B-58 Hustler
    Convair C-131 Samaritan
    Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
    Convair F-106 Delta Dart
    Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
    de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
    de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
    de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou
    Douglas A-1 Skyraider
    Douglas A-26 / B-26 Invader
    Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
    Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
    Douglas B-26K Counter Invader
    Douglas B-66 Destroyer
    Douglas C-47 Skytrain
    Douglas AC-47 Spooky
    Douglas C-54 Skymaster
    Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior
    Douglas F3D / F-10 Skyknight
    English Electric Canberra B-57
    Fairchild AC-119 Shadow/Stinger
    Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
    Fairchild C-123 Provider
    General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
    Grumman C-2 Greyhound
    Grumman A-6 Intruder
    Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
    Grumman C-1A/TF-1 Trader
    Grumman F6F Hellcat
    Grumman F8F Bearcat
    Grumman F9F Cougar
    Grumman HU-16 Albatross
    Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
    Grumman WF-2/E-1 Tracer
    Hughes OH-6 Cayuse
    Kaman HH-43 Huskie
    Kaman SH-2 Seasprite
    Lockheed AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky
    Lockheed C-130 Hercules
    Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
    Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
    Lockheed C-69 Constellation
    Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
    Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion
    Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady
    Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talon
    Lockheed P2V Neptune
    Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
    McDonnell Douglas C-9
    McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
    McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel
    McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
    McDonnell F3H Demon
    North American T-2 Buckeye
    North American A-5 Vigilante
    North American F-100 Super Sabre
    North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
    North American T-28 Trojan
    Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter/Tiger II
    Northrop Grumman EA-6 Prowler
    Piasecki / Boeing Vertol H-21
    Republic F-105 Thunderchief
    Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion
    Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe
    Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
    Sikorsky H-34/CH-34 Choctaw
    Sikorsky HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
    Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King
    Vought A-7 Corsair II
    Vought F-8 Crusader


    Small Arms

    Browning Auto-5
    Browning M1917 MG
    Browning M1919 MG
    Browning M2HB HMG
    China Lake GL
    Colt/AAI M203 GL
    Colt CAR-15 Commando
    Colt M16 Rifle
    Colt M1911 Pistol
    Colt M1917 Revolver
    Enfield L1A1 Rifle
    FN FAL Rifle
    GE M134 Minigun
    Hughes/Raytheon BGM-71 TOW
    Ingram MAC-10 SMG
    Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight
    Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout
    Lithgow F1 SMG
    M1 Carbine
    M1 Thompson SMG
    M18 Claymore
    M2 Flamethrower
    M20 75mm Recoilless Rifle
    M21 Sniper Rifle
    M26 Grenade
    M60 GPMG
    M61 Grenade
    M67 Recoilless Rifle, 90mm
    M72 LAW
    M79 Grenade Launcher
    MAS 49 Rifle
    MAT-49 SMG
    Mk 2 Grenade
    Mortar, 60mm M19
    Mortar, 60mm M2
    Mortar, 81mm M1
    Ontario Mark III Combat Knife
    Owen SMG
    Remington Model 870
    Rock Island M21 Sniper Rifle
    Smith & Wesson Model 67 Revolver
    Remington M40 Sniper Rifle
    Remington Model 10
    Remington Model 11
    Remington Model 870
    Remington Model 870 Wingmaster
    Springfield M14 Rifle
    Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector Revolver
    Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver
    Smith & Wesson M67 Revolver
    Smith & Wesson M76 SMG
    STEN SMG
    Stoner M63 LMG
    Winchester Model 1200
    Winchester Model 1897
    Winchester Model 1912
    XM174 Automatic GL


    Vehicles

    Centurion MBT
    Daimler Armored Car
    LVTP-5 APC
    M108 SPG
    M109 SPG
    M110 SPA
    M113 APC
    M114 IFV
    M163 Vulcan
    M24 Chaffee
    M35 / G742 "Deuce-and-a-Half"
    M41 Walker Bulldog
    M42 Duster
    M48 Patton MBT
    M50 Ontos
    M53 155mm SPG
    M55 155mm SPG
    M56 Scorpion
    M59 APC
    M551 Sheridan
    M578 LARV ARV
    M60 Patton MBT
    M706 Commando
    M715 Kaiser
    M88 Hercules
    Willys-Overland / Ford JEEP


    Artillery

    M1A1 Pack Howitzer
    Rock Island Arsenal M101
    Rock Island Arsenal M102
    Rock Island Arsenal M114 Howitzer


    Ships

    Armored Troop Carrier (ATC)
    Assault Support Patrol Boat (ASPB)
    Command and Communications Boat (CCB)
    Higgins Boat LCVP
    HMAS Brisbane (D 41)
    PACV / ACV (Pac-Vee / Monster)
    PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine)
    Patrol Craft, Fast (PCF) (Swift Boat)
    USS America (CV-66)
    USS Barry (DD-933)
    USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
    USS Canberra (CA-70)
    USS Carronade (IFS-1)
    USS Constellation (CV-64)
    USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
    USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
    USS Flint (AR-32/T-AE-32)
    USS Forrestal (CV-59)
    USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
    • USS Hancock (CV-19)
    USS Hornet (CV-12)
    USS Independence (CV-62)
    USS Intrepid (CV-11)
    USS Iowa (BB-61)
    USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
    USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
    USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8)
    USS Midway (CV-41)
    USS New Jersey (BB-62)
    • USS Newport News (CA-148)
    USS Okinawa (LPH-3)
    • USS Oklahoma City (CL-91)
    • USS Oriskany (CV-34)
    • USS Providence (CL-82)
    USS Ranger (CV-61)
    USS Saratoga (CV-60)
    USS Shangri-La (CV-38)
    USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
    USS Wichita (AOR-1)
    USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
    USS Wrangel (AE-12)
    USS Yorktown (CV-10)



    The combined forces of North Vietnam, Viet Cong, Khmer Rouge, Pathet Lao, China, the Soviet Union, and North Korea.


    Aircraft

    Antonov An-2 (Colt)
    Antonov An-24 (Coke)
    Ilyushin IL-28 (Beagle)
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
    Mil Mi-4 (Hound)
    Mil Mi-8 (Hip)


    Small Arms

    50mm "Sky Horse" Mortar
    Degtyarev DP LMG
    DShK Model 1938 MG
    D-20 (M1955)
    Kalashnikov AK-47
    M1938 120mm Mortar
    M-46 (M1954)
    Makarov PM
    MAT-49 SMG
    Mauser C98
    Mondragon Rifle
    • Mortar, 81mm
    Nagant M1895 Revolver
    PPSh-41 SMG
    • Recoilless Rifle, 75mm
    RP-46 LMG
    RPG-2 Launcher
    RPD GPMG
    RPK GPMG
    SA-7 "Grail" SAM
    Simonov SKS
    Tokarev SVT-40
    Tokarev TT-33
    Type 24 (Chiang Kai-Shek Rifle)
    Type 56 Assault Rifle
    Type 58 Assault Rifle


    Vehicles

    BTR-40
    BTR-60
    GAZ-67 (JEEP)
    Katyusha BM-8/BM-13/BM-31
    PT-76 Tank
    T-55 MBT
    SA-2 SAM
    Type 34/85 Tank
    Type 54 MBT
    Type 55 MBT
    Type 59 MBT
    Type 62 Light Tank
    Type 63 Light Tank
    Type 63 APC
    ZSU-23-4 (Shilka) AAA


    Artillery

    100mm KS-19 AA Gun
    130mm Model 1954 (M-46)
    152mm Model 1955 (D-20)
    85mm D-44
    AZP S-60
    ZPU-1
    ZPU-2
    ZPU-4