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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 9:49 a.m. PST

The posters suggest new releases today from Gringos40, again concentrating more on VC irregulars than the NVA.

The website should show them in greater detail.

Who will do me some ARVN in 28mm? One of the largest armies in the world at the time (never mind the quality, feel the width). I know, no one wants them on their table top.

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Ferd4523130 Jul 2020 11:47 a.m. PST

Some ARVN were poor. Bad leadership and an indifferent support system made them, as Top use to say, Marvin the Arvn, 1st cousins of the little #^%&*@. Other were tough as nails. They weren't doing a 365 tour. Cut them some slack. H

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 1:22 p.m. PST

I agree completely. They had elite units and, like any army, if properly lead, motivated, they could take on any ragged, irregular, guerilla unit.

Too easily dismissed, like the WWII Italians, who once had been Roman Legionaries, and in the 1940s could fight with suicidal courage.

ARVN Marines for example.

The old quote "Why can't our Vietnamese fight like their Vietnamese?" (OK they did not call them "Vietnamese", they called them summat else, but these are PC times). The answer was they were the same folk and they could do so, given half a chance and decent leadership.

I do so wish anyone would produce 28mm models of ARVN. But get them right, just for once, in 28mm. Skinny guys, weapons the same size as US forces, Helmets ditto and rarely covered but far too big for them, incredibly tight overalls/pants/leggings whatever you call their nether garments, and Asiatic faces.

Here is a bet. No one will.

d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 1:35 p.m. PST

While I was over there, I hooked up with a high school buddy who had joined the Marines. Boy did he have some hair raising tails.
He told me that They liked to have women on point because Americans were loathe to shoot women.
This one patrol he was on the choppers dropped his team at the bottom of a hill and they hiked to the top and observed enemy movements for a few days. (This was in northern I Corps, near the DMZ.) The woman on point, on their last day, was coming straight at them. They shot her, and she got back up. Shot her again and again she got back up! The third time was a short burst and she stayed down. Gunships and transports finally came and extracted them. The point woman was leading a full battalion on their position.
Sometimes it's OK to shoot women…

Legion 431 Jul 2020 6:57 a.m. PST

Great intel guys !

jammy four Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Aug 2020 4:07 a.m. PST

indeed thanks Gents!!

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Ged
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