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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.
Western Coalition

Beechcraft King Air
Bell AH-1 Cobra / HueyCobra
Bell AH-1 SeaCobra
Bell H-13 Souix
Bell Model 206 (JetRanger)
Bell OH-58 Kiowa
Bell UH-1 Huey / Iroquois
Bell UH-1B/C Frog
Boeing B-47 StratoJet
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter
Boeing CH-47 Chinook
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
Boeing VC-137 Stratoliner
Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight
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 Invader
Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
Douglas AC-47 Spooky
Douglas B-26K Counter Invader
Douglas B-66 Destroyer
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Douglas C-54 Skymaster
Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior
Douglas F3D Skyknight
Fairchild AC-119 Shadow / Stinger
Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
Fairchild C-123 Provider
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
Grumman C-1 / TF-1 Trader
Grumman C-2 Greyhound
Grumman A-6 Intruder
Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Grumman F8F Bearcat
Grumman F9F Cougar
Grumman HU-16 Albatross
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
Grumman WF-2 / E-1 Tracer
Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH
Hiller OH-23 Raven
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse
Kaman HH-43 Huskie
Kaman SH-2 Seasprite
Lockheed AC-130 Spectre / Spooky
Lockheed C-69 Constellation
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talon
Lockheed P2V Neptune
Lockheed P-3 Orion
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady
Martin B-57 Canberra
McDonnell F3H Demon
McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
McDonnell Douglas C-9 Nightingale
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel
North American A-5 Vigilante
North American F-100 Super Sabre
North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
North American T-2 Buckeye
North American T-28 Trojan
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger II
Northrop Grumman EA-6 Prowler
Piasecki / Boeing-Vertol H-21 Workhorse
Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave
Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion
Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe
Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw
Sikorsky HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King
Vought A-7 Corsair II
Vought F-8 Crusader
60mm Mortar M19
60mm Mortar M2
81mm Mortar M1
Aerojet XM174 Grenade Launcher
Bangalore Torpedo
Browning M1917 Machine Gun
Browning M1919 Machine Gun
Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun
Browning Auto-5 Shotgun
Carl Gustav m/45 Submachine Gun
Colt / AAI Grenade Launcher
Colt CAR-15 Commando Carbine
Colt M16 Assault Rifle
Colt M1911 Pistol
Colt M1898 Revolver
Colt M1917 Revolver
Colt XM-148 Grenade Launcher
China Lake Grenade Launcher
Enfield L1A1 Battle Rifle
FN FAL Battle Rifle
FN M2HB Heavy Machine Gun
General Electric GAU-17/A Minigun
General Electric M134 Minigun
Ingram MAC-10 Submachine Gun
Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight Shotgun
Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout Shotgun
L6 WOMBAT Anti-Tank
Lithgow F1 Submachine Gun
M1 Carbine
M1 Thompson Submachine Gun
M1 BAZOOKA Anti-Tank
M2 Flamethrower
M2 4.2inch "Goon Gun"
M18 Claymore Mine
M20 Recoilless Rifle
M26 "Lemon" Grenade
M40 Recoilless Rifle
M60 General Purpose Machine Gun
M61 Grenade
M67 Recoilless Rifle
M72 LAW Anti-Tank
M79 Grenade Launcher
Mk 2 Grenade
Mk 154 Mine Clearance Launcher
MAS 49 Rifle
MAT-49 Submachine Gun
Ontario Mark III Combat Knife
Owen Submachine Gun
Remington M870 Shotgun
Remington M40 Sniper Rifle
Remington Model 10 Shotgun
Remington Model 11 Shotgun
Remington Model 870 Wingmaster Shotgun
Savage Arms M720 Shotgun
Springfield M14 Battle Rifle
Springfield M1903 Rifle
Smith & Wesson Triple Lock Revolver
Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver
Smith & Wesson Model 76 Submachine Gun
STEN Submachine Gun
Sterling Submachine Gun
Stoner M63 Light Machine Gun
Winchester Model 1200 Shotgun
Winchester Model 1897 Shotgun
Winchester Model 1912 Shotgun
Winchester Model 70 Sniper Rifle
Armored Troop Carrier (ATC) Boat
Assault Support Patrol Boat (ASPB)
Command and Communications Boat (CCB)
Higgins Boat LCVP Landing Craft
HMAS Brisbane Guided Missile Destroyer
HMAS Vampire Destroyer
PACV / ACV Pac-Vee (Monster) Assault Craft
Patro Boat, Riverine (PBR)
Patrol Craft Fast (PCF) "Swift Boat"
USS America (CV-66) Aircraft Carrier
USS Barry (DD-933) Destroyer
USS Blueback (SS-581) Submarine
USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) Aircraft Carrier
USS Buchanan (DDG-14) Destroyer
USS Canberra (CA-70) Cruiser
USS Carronade (IFS-1) Fire Support Ship
USS Constellation (CV-64) Aircraft Carrier
USS Coral Sea (CV-43) Aircraft Carrier
USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Aircraft Carrier
USS Flint (T-AE-32) Cargo Ship
USS Forrestal (CV-59) Aircraft Carrier
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) Aircraft Carrier
USS Hancock (CV-19) Aircraft Carrier
USS Hornet (CV-12) Aircraft Carrier
USS Independence (CV-62) Aircraft Carrier
USS Intrepid (CV-11) Aircraft Carrier
USS Intrepid (CV-11) Aircraft Carrier
USS Iowa (BB-61) Battleship
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Aircraft Carrier
USS Long Beach (CGN-9) Guided Missile Cruiser
USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) Guided Missile Destroyer
USS Midway (CV-41) Aircraft Carrier
USS New Jersey (BB-62) Battleship
USS Newport News (CA-148) Heavy Cruiser
USS Okinawa (LPH-3) Helicopter Carrier
USS Oklahoma City (CL-91) Light Cruiser
USS Oriskany (CV-34) Aircraft Carrier
USS Providence (CL-82) Light Cruiser
USS Ranger (CV-61) Aircraft Carrier
USS St. Paul (CA-73) Cruiser
USS Saratoga (CV-60) Aircraft Carrier
USS Shangri-La (CV-38) Aircraft Carrier
USS Stoddard (DD-566) Destroyer
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) Aircraft Carrier
USS Wichita (AOR-1) Replenishment Oiler
USS Wisconsin (BB-64) Battleship
USS Wrangell (AE-12) Ammunition Ship
USS Yorktown (CV-10) Aircraft Carrier
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