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Weapons and Field Gear of the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong [Hardcover]

Edward J. Emering


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Book Description

June 12 1998
Field gear and inert weapons and ordnance have long been popular items with militaria collectors. The Vietnam War by its very nature offers an incredible range and variety of these items for the interested collector. The North Vietnamese and their puppet troops of the National Liberation Front (Viet Cong or VC) relied primarily on communist allies (Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba and various Eastern Bloc countries of the era) for their weapons and field gear. For this reason, Vietnam represents a microcosm of gear from all of this century's wars, dating back to World War I, as well as a wide range of improvised weapons and equipment. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the variety of hand grenades used by the enemy, including Russian, Chinese, North Korean, Eastern European, French, Japanese and even modified, captured U.S. grenades. Although impossible to completely catalog the extreme variety of weapons and field gear used by the PAVN and VC, author Edward Emering has made a determined effort to present a wide overview of the weapons and field gear used from the late-1950s through the modern era. He has been aided in his goal by obtaining access to the world class collection of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, located in Chicago, Illinois and by material from a number of extensive private collections. This book will help both the serious collector as well as those individuals interested in acquiring only a token piece of history to avoid potentially costly mistakes. A value guide is included.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (June 12 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764305832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764305832
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 22.3 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,208,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great photos -- but... April 5 2008
By History Buff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a beautiful book full of excellent photographs documenting the type of military equipment used by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Viet Cong (VC) during the Vietnam War. As such, it goes a long way in filling a void in this area. Since I already own several books about the NVA and VC forces, I found this book particularly interesting since I was actually able to see the equipment that the other books only describe. In this respect I consider the book well worth the price, and Mr. Emering is to be congratulated - however the information in the book is somewhat dubious. For instance page 40 shows a photograph of a young woman carrying four weapons, which are categorically described as "captured U.S. .30 caliber M-1 Garand rifles," which they are not. The M-1 Garand had an 8-round clip and the weapons in the photograph plainly show weapons with larger capacity magazines and barrels that are entirely off beam for the Garand; what I believe are actually being shown are U.S. .30 caliber M1 Carbines. On page 148 another female is shown carrying a bipod weapon over her shoulder that is identified as a "captured U.S. caliber .50 machine gun M2." Again this is incorrect - the nomenclature is completely wrong for the M2, plus the weapon weighed in at about 84 pounds and this lady doesn't appear to be having any difficulty managing the weapon's ponderous weight. The weapon in the photograph more closely resembles the M1919A6 .30 caliber Browning machine gun (minus the shoulder stock). The M1919A6 was a bipod weapon with a weight of about 32 pounds, which makes more sense. Moreover, to the best of my knowledge the M2 was never a bipod weapon. Finally, the top photograph on page 151 purportedly shows a squad of VC with a "ChiCom Type 56 copy of the Soviet RPD Light Machine Gun (LMG)." However page 17 shows a ChiCom Type 56 copy of the Soviet RPD LMG and it doesn't look like any of the weapons represented on page 151. What is being identified as the Type 56 is actually a .30 caliber Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), M1918A2. While such errors would be excusable in a general work about the NVA and VC in which their weapons were dealt with in a cursory manner, it is not pardonable in a book that has as its title, "Weapons and Field Gear of the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong." Even more disturbing is that captions under the photographs authoritatively label these weapons erroneously and thereby mislead the reader. This makes me question the degree of scholarship in the rest of the book and makes me wonder what other falsehoods the author has slipped in that I was not knowledgeable enough to catch. For this reason I gave the book only two stars. For those with an interest in NVA and VC collectables the book is worth the money just for the pictures, however geniune scholars of the era will need to carefully cross check the information contained within.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in much needed details, but has great photo's. Jan. 23 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
While an excellent source of Photo's of Vietnam era NVA and VC militaria, I personally found this book to be very lacking in details. Especially on weapons used by these forces. I also think that the price guide was a mistake and should not have been included in this book.This should have been done in a more detailed follow up volume. Along with Darrel Lulling, Mr Emering is most definitley a pioneer in the subject of NVA and VC militaria and should be given an "A+" for his efforts. The book is worth the money, just for the pictures that it provide's.
4.0 out of 5 stars great add to library June 28 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent history on the subject, it has made a great addition to my reference library, wish I could find more like it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book out on the Viet Cong and NVA Jan. 7 2013
By Vaughn Bedard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Really a great book. lots of info. Great pictures. What I had been looking for. Well worth the price. Fantastic!
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books on the nva and vc Aug. 23 2014
By warmonger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of the worst books on the nva and vc. it left out so much info. Poorly done.

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