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Grunts: U.S. Infantry in Vietnam by Christopher Anderson

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Army and USMC armored units in Vietnam. What little armor there Vietnam was used to support infantry operations whenever possible. This M48 A3 would have been used for limited off-road operations and to guard convoys etc. The A3 variant can be recognised by its large cupola and the I-R searchlight mounted above the gun mantlet. S. INFANTRY IN VIETNAM Cases of C-rations Left: are delivered by 'mules'. Mules were small utility vehicles that could be used to transport light loads and casualties. Each of the cases stacked on the truck contained 12 meals.

Sergeant David Flinchum of the 22nd Mechanized Infantry, Left: 4th Infantry Division, reads a book from home. Sergeant Flinchum is wearing the Ml 95 2 the later flak armor; model flak jacket featured a standing collar that was designed to pro- tect the neck. Sergeant Flinchum's membership of a mechanized infantry unit explains his use of body armor. Generally, soldiers who spent most of their time on foot did not bother to wear the flak armor. GRUNTS: Right: A soldier warms a can of C-rations using a portable stove.

Has placed an ace of spades card in the foliage band of his helmet as a personal decoration. Items like the card were often used by soldiers as mans or talis- good luck charms. S. S. INFANTRY IN VIETNAM Left: First Lieutenant Bob Dean interrogates a Viet Cong prisoner in August 1969. Lieutenant Dean is wearing the Engineer Research and Development Laboratory (ERDL) camouflage that was very popular amongst specialised units in Vietnam. This camouflage was not common amongst the grunts until the final stages of the war.

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