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  1. The day after I made my post I rediscovered another pic of a kbkg I had forgotten, isn't that just the way it goes? This photo was taken by Captain Forrest B. Lindley, a 5th SFG advisor to the ARVN Airborne Division in August 1969. The location of the photo is not recorded, but in the same month he was in Tay Ninh so its safe to say this was somewhere in III Corps, which throws a wrench in the nice close cluster of sightings. The display a lot of different weapons, so perhaps it is somewhere like Saigon and contains weapons captured all across RVN and the kbkg was captured in
  2. Great pictures gwb123, thanks for sharing! My guess is the Navy photos were taken in 1965 or 1966 as the rifles are all older models, K98ks on the left, M1917s and a lone M-44 or T-53 on right. This is just speculation, but I doubt they would waste their time shipping them later in the war when most of those weapons, K98ks and M1917s especially, were retired to arms caches, replaced in the field by SKSs and AKs. It couldn't be earlier than February 1965, as that was when the first trawler was spotted and captured at Vung Ro Bay, which was a pretty big deal. In the secon
  3. The Kbkg. wz. 60 (also commonly know as the PMK-DGN 60 in English) was a Polish milled AK specially designed to fire rifle grenades. It had a special threaded muzzle with a cone on the end onto which the LON-1 spigot-type grenade launcher attached. The stock had a metal bracket embedded in the sides which a rubber recoil pad snapped onto. A rifle grenade sight was attached next to the rear sight, in 1970 it was redesigned and moved to the front sight. I haven't seen any of those newer models in pictures of Vietnam, but it is possible the DRV received some as the Poles were still su
  4. I'll try to get this thread going again with this interesting pic. Lance Corporal B. D. Young examines a Czechoslovakian made vz. 54 sniper rifle captured in an arms cache by the 1st Marine Division South-West of Da Nang during Operation Oklahoma Hills (31 March - 29 May 1969). DOD (USMC) photo digitized by the USMC Archives from their Jonathan F. Abel Collection. The vz. 54 was converted from existing Soviet-made M91/30 Mosin-Nagants that the Czech army had in inventory. The barrel was replaced by one that had a thicker profile, was 3 cm shorter, and had a front sig
  5. A very desirable and hard to obtain uniform, especially because they are controlled item in Afghanistan.
  6. Great idea for a thread! I really enjoyed reading these.
  7. 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
  8. Nice helmet, thanks for sharing it. I assume your father was an advisor? Also nice patches. George
  9. 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
  10. 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, th
  11. Not knowing anything about Japanese equipment, those are some cool helmets! George
  12. I have never heard of the APFF or seen this camo before, learn something new every day! George
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