Soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), these were mostly drafted, well armed, poorly trained, well led, battle shy, and reluctant soldiers from North Vietnam sitting for a group photo before heading down the Ho Chi Minh trail to get their asses handed to them during the Tet offensive.. Xin loi em nhieu lam
North Vietnamese Army infantrymen. The machine gunner armed with an RPD appears to be wearing a U.S. M56 pistol belt (vertical weave) with a M67 20rnd magazine pouch attached to it, in addition to his RPD ammunition bag. One of the tankers also carries a Type 56 assault rifle with a folding stock.
North Vietnamese Armu soldiers sit in a circle. One of them is armed with a Type 56 assault rifle while the other has a captured M79 grenade launcher. The standard NVA pith helmet is visible on the ground.
On 18 August 1966 at Long Tan, South Vietnam, elements of D Company, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment made contact with what would turn out to be a regiment of Viet Cong supported by at least a battalion of North Vietnamese Army forces"