Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipments

Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipments

  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Short code: ELI 216
  • Publication Date: 26 Jan 2017
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Over the eight years of the Vietnam War, US forces used three major types of equipment sets, with numerous modifications for particular circumstances. Different equipments were also used by Special Forces, the South Vietnamese, and other allied ground troops.

Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipments offers a comprehensive examination of the gear that US and allied soldiers had strapped around their bodies, what they contained, and what those items were used for. Fully illustrated with photographs and artwork detailing how each piece of equipment was used and written by a Special Forces veteran of the conflict, this book will fascinate enthusiasts of military equipment and will be an ideal reference guide for re-enactors, modellers and collectors of Vietnam War memorabilia.

Biographical Note

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.


Introduction: the Vietnamese environment, as it affected personal LBE - listing of 'Free World' (allied) forces which used US equipment in Vietnam.
Development: background and development of the US Army M1956 LBE.
M1956 Load Bearing Equipment - description and use of this most widely seen pattern.
M1967 Modernized Load Bearing Equipment, developed specifically in response to experience in Vietnam.
US Marine M1961 Load Carrying Equipment.
ANZAC web equipment - description of British and M1956 LBE copies used by Australian and New Zealand forces.
Special reconnaissance equipment - description and use of specialized equipment by MACV-SOG, Special Forces, and Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol units.
World War II & Korean War vintage equipment - as used mostly by South Vietnamese forces, but in some use by US forces.
Indigenous equipment - description and use of low-cost equipment for Vietnamese forces, provided by the CIA's Counterintelligence Support Office.
Life in the Boonies - use of the equipments in the field, as shaped by differing terrain, climate, evolving weapons and procedures, and personal preferences (covering, e.g., procedures for movement, bivouacking, preparing food, perimeter defense and security, outposts, ambushes, etc.)
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