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Whatever's cool with me...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A superb 1/6th scale USMC Vietnam War-era uniform from Wild Work!

Next to World War 2 (WWII), the next favourite war of mine is the Vietnam War. By saying 'favourite' I don't mean that I glorify the atrocities and mayhems of a war, but simply the paraphernelias that came within each eras i.e. uniforms, weapons, equipments, vehicles, accessories, gears etc.
This is one great release from Wild Work, although I've never heard of the company before. Expect them to come forward with many other great releases to follow the likes of other 1/6th scale companys e.g. Brother Production, Loading Toys etc. which came out of the blue with their superb products to rival those already-established ones e.g. Hot Toys, DiD etc. This Vietnam era uniform set comes with a generous amount of accessories. My only grouse is that it should've come with an M-16 assault rifle instead of an M-14. But that could be quickly resolved by sourcing a loose one from eBay etc. The set is due for a late July '09 release.
And just for kicks, a bried history lesson, I present to you excerpts from wiki on the Vietnam conflict:
The Vietnam War was a military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1959 to 30 April 1975. The war was fought between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other member nations of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

The Viet Cong (or VC for short), the lightly armed South Vietnamese communist insurgency, largely fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The North Vietnamese Army engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large-sized units into battle. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery and airstrikes.

The United States entered the war to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam as part of their wider strategy of containment. Military advisors arrived beginning in 1950. U.S. involvement escalated in the early 1960s and combat units were deployed beginning in 1965. Involvement peaked in 1968 at the time of the Tet Offensive. Despite a peace treaty signed by all parties in January 1973, fighting continued. In response to the anti-war movement, the U.S. Congress passed the Case-Church Amendment in June 1973 prohibiting further direct U.S. military intervention without Congressional authorization yet the U.S. was still heavily invested in the war until 1975, when North Vietnam captured Saigon. North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year.

The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities, including 3 to 4 million Vietnamese from both sides, 1.5 to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians, and 58,159 U.S. soldiers

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