The brutality of the Vietnam War was the defining event of a generation. The decade long war unfolded during a time of cultural divide in the U.S. with mass media echoing voices of the counterculture in disapproval. Arts and entertainment became politicized with events like Woodstock ’69, resulting in some of the most influential work from musicians, filmmakers, and artists of the 20th century.
Militarily, the war taught Western powers many lessons in guerrilla tactics, lessons which resonate today with our conflicts in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Urban fighting in small spaces against combative armed peasants (Peasants?) became the new standard. Although a lot has evolved since the 1960s and 1970s in combat armaments, modern small arms have a direct lineage similar to those used five and six decades ago. Let’s take a look at some of the legendary small arms which were the face of the Vietnam War.
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