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Vietnam / PAVN use Chinese type helmets?

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    Default Vietnam / PAVN use Chinese type helmets?

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    would the PAVN have used any captured PLA GK80 type helmets?

    did China supply Vietnam with any combat helmets like the type used by the PLA known as the model GK80

    I have a feeling they probably made use of any they could get, they still use old left over US M1 helmets, so I think they would have a few Chinese helmets

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    I did some picture comparing and to me that looks like a PLA GK80, as I can see that the helmet rim bends a little bit upwards on the right side of the face of the soldier (Left side from where we are looking)

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    Default Re: Vietnam / PAVN use Chinese type helmets?

    the soldier in that photo is a PLA / Chinese late 1970's or early 1980's

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    Default Re: Vietnam / PAVN use Chinese type helmets?

    Oh, thats why! I feel stupid

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    Default Re: Vietnam / PAVN use Chinese type helmets?

    since the Chinese were not on good relations with the North Vietnamese during the mid to late 1970's, they probably didnt supply very many if any? to the NVA

    Im sure the North Vietnamese did make use of any that were captured during the China / Vietnam border war and invasion

    the NVA probably received most of their steel helmets from Eastern block countries at that time

    mostly Russian, Czech , Polish and some East German helmets

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