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  1. 1. Weapons of Vietnam By: Mark Andy Dennis
  2. 2. United States Small Arms <ul><li>Colt M1911A1 was the most commonly used pistol among US Troops </li></ul><ul><li>KA-BAR, a knife used by US soldiers, it was 12 inches and very sharp </li></ul>
  3. 3. US Weapons of Vietnam <ul><li>M-16A1 and M-60 are easily them most recognizable US weapons (shown left) </li></ul><ul><li>Lesser known weapons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CAR-15 (Commando colt) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M-203, grenade launcher </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The M16 Rifle <ul><li>Most commonly used weapon by the US soldiers </li></ul><ul><li>Not accurate beyond 300 yards </li></ul><ul><li>Weighted at 20 pounds </li></ul>
  5. 5. M61 Grenade <ul><li>Used by common US military solider </li></ul><ul><li>Covered in thin metal </li></ul><ul><li>After explosion, parts of coal are released into the air about 15 meters </li></ul>
  6. 6. US Helicopters <ul><li>AH-1 Cobra </li></ul><ul><li>Small utility helicopter </li></ul><ul><li>Loaded with missile launchers and machine gun fire </li></ul><ul><li>Camouflaged to hid behind the trees </li></ul><ul><li>The cobra: </li></ul>
  7. 7. The 175mm Gunner <ul><li>Used by the US </li></ul><ul><li>Could fire over 20 miles </li></ul><ul><li>But the aiming was not exact </li></ul><ul><li>Needed a crew of about 5 or 6 men </li></ul>
  8. 8. US Bombing Raids <ul><li>The US bombed a number of suspected places where they believed the VC were hiding </li></ul><ul><li>One piece of transportation used to do this was the B-52 bomber </li></ul><ul><li>One piece of transportation used to do this was the B-52 bomber </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =88jrZjsNHPc </li></ul>
  9. 9. US Troops in Vietnam <ul><li>Regular Infantry </li></ul><ul><li>Special Ops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Berates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Navy Seals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tunnel rats </li></ul>
  10. 10. Tunnel Rats <ul><li>Only job to clear VC tunnels </li></ul><ul><li>Had to be small </li></ul><ul><li>Short life expectancy </li></ul><ul><li>Under command of Captain Herbert Thorton </li></ul><ul><li>No Americans left in the tunnels </li></ul>
  11. 11. Tunnels of Cu Chi <ul><li>Stretched for miles </li></ul><ul><li>Underground cities </li></ul><ul><li>Impenetrable to booming raids </li></ul><ul><li>Booby trapped for tunnel rats </li></ul>
  12. 12. Extent of Cu Chi Tunnels
  13. 13. Booby Traps <ul><li>Explosive and non-explosive </li></ul><ul><li>Explosive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bouncing Betties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toe Poppers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Non-explosive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Punji Stake Pit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Punji Bear Trap </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. How to make a Booby Trap <ul><li>Anything can be used </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American or French land mines/ weapons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unexploded bombs or shells </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Large causality rates for VC working in underground bomb factories </li></ul>
  15. 15. Weapons of North Vietnam <ul><li>North Vietnam’s weapons were supplied mainly by the Soviet Union and China, fellow Communist countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Also they used weapons that had been captured from the French and Japanese when they occupied Vietnam. </li></ul>
  16. 16. NVA Small Arms <ul><li>AK-47 </li></ul><ul><li>Russian made assault rifle </li></ul><ul><li>Used for its durability and low cost </li></ul><ul><li>Made for short range fighting </li></ul><ul><li>SKS-(Chicom) </li></ul><ul><li>Russian made semi-automatic rifle </li></ul><ul><li>Longer range than AK-47 </li></ul>
  17. 17. NVA Transportation <ul><li>Junk </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Chinese sail boat </li></ul><ul><li>Transported troops and weapons </li></ul><ul><li>Not used for fighting </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pbase.com/afuent/diving </li></ul><ul><li>BTR-60 </li></ul><ul><li>Russian made anphibious personell carrier </li></ul><ul><li>Carried 16 soldiers </li></ul><ul><li>Speeds of 50 mph on land & 10 mph in water </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/imgs/btr60.jpg </li></ul>
  18. 18. NVA Transportation Cont. <ul><li>T-54 & 55 Tanks </li></ul><ul><li>Russian made tank </li></ul><ul><li>Not used often by NVA </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/specials/saigon/ </li></ul><ul><li>MIG-21 </li></ul><ul><li>Russian made jet fighter </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum speeds of 1300 mph </li></ul><ul><li>Used for quick assaults and retreats </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.richard-seaman.com/Aircraft/AirShows/Gillespie2005/Highlights/index.html </li></ul>
  19. 19. NVA Tactics <ul><li>NVA trained many VC officers in North Vietnam in Guerilla warfare. </li></ul><ul><li>NVA Troops brought to SV through Ho Chi Minh Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Tet Offensive changed NVA tactics by going into SV and using guerilla tactics in cities. </li></ul><ul><li>NVA led by Gen. Giap who’s strategy changed througout the war. </li></ul>
  20. 20. NVA Statistics
  21. 21. North Vietnam’s Goal <ul><li>&quot;Defend the North, Free the South, and Unite the Country.“- Ho Chi Minh </li></ul><ul><li>North Vietnam would hold out until Vietnam was united. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Quick Stats <ul><li>7,078,032 tons of bombs were dropped in to Vietnam, almost four times the amount dropped in the whole of WWII </li></ul><ul><li>3 million people Killed, 1 million wounded </li></ul><ul><li>By 1972 an estimated 70,000 draft dodgers lived in Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Total war cost about 200 billion dollars </li></ul>
  23. 23. Work Cited <ul><li>&quot;Fighting Tactics of the Viet Cong.&quot; Angelfire . Wired. Apr.-May 08 http://www.angelfire.com/hero2/vietcong/ </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The Tunnel Rats.&quot; Time . 04 Mar. 1966. CNN. Apr.-May 2008 http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,835207-2,00.html </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Vietnam War Revision.&quot; Learn History . 9 May 2008 http://www.learnhistory.org.uk/vietnam/vctactics.htm </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Vietnam War Timeline.&quot; 15th Field Artillery Regiment . 15 Apr. 2005. May 2008 http://www.landscaper.net/timelin.htm </li></ul>

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