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Preview sculpts of ARVN Paratroops circa 1968.ARVN paratroops owed their origin and traditions to the French parachute forces of the Indo China War therefore we felt it fitting that we start our ARVN range with these chaps to add a continuity with our French Indo China Range.In 1965 the airborne units were raised to division status, Su Duan Nhay Du, and by 1967 following further unit increases it numbered 13,000 paratroops. Heavily involved in actions throughout the conflict the units found themselves involved in various parts of the Tet offensive including bitter fighting to retake Hue city and relief the of Marines in Khe Sanh. Due to their semi independent nature and use as a strategic reserve they fought alongside US forces such as 1st Cav and 101st Airborne in the A Shau Valley during operation Delaware in 1968.One of the most interesting aspects of ARVN troops is their use of ‘home’ made uniforms and equipment as well as the individualistic way that the men seem to have pretty much wore what they wanted within the obvious guidelines therefore some used flak vest or helmet covers. Whilst others did not bother. that’s adds something very unique and examples of this will be shown in this part of our Vietnam range.This figure firing a 30 cal MG from the hip. The bipod and ammo belt will also be included. He is wearing a locally made rain jacket that has been made from an issue poncho. Uniform issue varied and it is said that those units engaged in Hue wore regulation ARVN issue OG uniforms there are plenty of photographs that show this not to be the complete case and cammo trousers seem pretty common. This gives the painter the option to add some variations.Cheer, Paul Eaglestone.
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