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  1. A very desirable and hard to obtain uniform, especially because they are controlled item in Afghanistan.
  2. Great idea for a thread! I really enjoyed reading these.
  3. Already a great grouping on it's own, and you say there is more! Too bad about the SKS. The canteen with the cap is a quite early one. The date on the other one is likely either when the soldier began his journey on the "ho chi minh trail" or the date he entered the RVN. George
  4. Nice helmet, thanks for sharing it. I assume your father was an advisor? Also nice patches. George
  5. Oh yeah, one last thing, all of the plastic canteens have a stars on them, so he is right that canteens with stars on them are rare, but it seems a little like missing the forest for the trees
  6. Very nice, those plastic canteens are quite hard to find! From my observation of wartime photographs I would disagree with them being later, i am not sure the earliest I have seen them, but I know they were around by 1967 at the latest. There are two main types of plastic canteens encountered, white plastic ones and green ones. There are also variations in the texture, all of the green ones are textured, but the shapes used vary. I have seen it suggested that the plastic ones were produced in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), and while I havent seen anything to prove this, this does seem plausible to me, and it is supported by them only turning up in Vietnam, Cambodia, and probably Laos. The metal ones were certainly made in the Peoples Republic of China, the most common of those being the Type 65. The rest of the rig is nice too, but I have less info about it other than hammocks were the primary way the QDND and GPQ slept, sometimes they would stretch them between two trees, sometimes they would dig a hole or bunker and hang them in there. I personally dont undo things like the hammock, because as you say it's hard to get back together. I love it when the history of an item is written on it. Anyways great rig. I hope yo own one like it some day. When I fix my computer I will post some photographs of similar items in Vietnam, especially the canteens.
  7. Not knowing anything about Japanese equipment, those are some cool helmets! George
  8. I have never heard of the APFF or seen this camo before, learn something new every day! George
  9. Lovely uniform, beautiful fading! I dont think I have ever seen or at least not noticed zippers before.
  10. A Vietnamese man told me believes 821st Dac Cong Regiment only existed during the Sino-Vietnamese war in 1979, and that is the only time I have seen them mentioned, so that idea is probably out.
  11. The "Citron Foug" grenade had a wooden fuze assembly, without any provenance that it came from Vietnam, I see no reason to believe it is not an unmodified French grenade that came from France. Not that they are bad pieces, but I don't think they are Vietnamese.
  12. I know LKMilitary has a couple like yours in his collection that were brought back from Vietnam, and I have seen another one somewhere else but I can't remember where. I think the two likely options are either unmodified French grenades captured and used by the Vietnamese or Vietnamese made stick grenades with Vietnamese made heads. I am not aware of any widespread practice of making grenades from existing grenades, the two major methods were casting their own grenade heads in small foundries, or the cruder method of using food or drink cans packed with shrapnel and explosives.
  13. Sorry I cannot be much help with these, they are not the standard Vietnamese made cast grenades. I have not seen this exact shape in wartime photographs yet, but I have seen a couple like yours in Vietnam collections except for the number of nail holes. I am not familiar with French grenades, but googled French WW1 grenades and they do look identical. I think the first step would be to ask WW1 French grenade collectors if it is one because French grenades are likely more uniform and documented than Vietnamese made grenades. Was there anything with them at the antique mall that said they came from Vietnam, or could they have come from France?
  14. NSW also used modified Tru-Spec DCUs, I am not sure if they were modified by Tru-Spec or anyone else.
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