|Weapons||Tokarev TT-33 Pistol, MAT-49, POMZ-2 & F-1 Grenade, Punji Stakes|
|Activities||Fighting US and South Vietnam|
Forcing communist Vietnamese unification
|Service||1954 - 1976|
|Battle Status||Lost vs. Waffen SS|
|Experts||Tuan Nguyen (Vietnam War Survivor)|
Danny Boyer (Viet Cong Weapons Expert)
"The Viet Cong knew how to attack you from all sides without any warning."
vs. the Nazi Waffen SS, the fanatical shock troops who led Adolf Hitler's evil charge for world domination.
- Reign of Terror- 1954 - 1971
- Height - 5' 4"
- Weight - 120 lbs
- Allegiance - Ho Chi Minh
In WW2, Imperial Japan invaded French Indochina (consisting of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam) and fought against the colony. When the war was over, the Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh demanded independence from France for assisting them in WW2, but France refused. From 1946-1954, the Vietnamese led by Ho Chi Minh rebelled in the First Indochina War and removed France. In its place was two Vietnamese nations; the communist North Vietnam and the capitalist and Western-allied South Vietnam. It is believed that the USA and other Western nations had significant influence in the formation of the South Vietnamese government.
The Viet Cong was an underground guerrilla fighting group who desired to reunite Vietnam which was divided at the 17th parallel. South Vietnam and the USA did not want the nation to be reunited with North Vietnam in order to prevent the spread of communism. The Viet Cong rose up against the corrupt South Vietnamese government and participated in acts of sabotage and assassination. During the Vietnam War, they were one of the major factions that the Americans and their allies faced. The Viet Cong were known for their cunning and skill in unconventional warfare. Despite the US army inflicting heavy casualties, the Viet Cong were able to use their tactics of tunneling, small squads, traps and ambushes to withstand the US forces for over a decade. With the people of the USA tired of the length and costs of the war, and the war crimes committed by both sides, President Nixon was pressured to remove US forces from Vietnam in 1973. Because the US troops provided the funds of the war, and faced most of the fighting, the South Vietnamese army was not equipped or trained to defeat the popular and experienced Communist forces. In 1975, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong captured South Vietnam in the incredibly successful Spring Offensive of 1975. Some remains of the ARVN and pockets of anti-communist rebels were quickly suppressed by the NVA and VC. One year after the war ended, the Viet Cong officially disbanded as their entire nation became unified under Communist rule.
Today the Viet Cong flag is still used as a symbol of national pride, both by citizens and the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The battle begins with members of a Viet Cong cell bringing in the beaten up leader of the Waffen SS team as a prisoner. He is tossed to the ground and kicked around. Up ahead, the rest of the Nazi SS team is sneaking up on the Viet Cong's campsite to try and rescue their leader, setting up Betty Bombs along the way. The Viet Cong leader points his Tokarev TT-33 at the soldier while interrogating him in Vietnamese, telling him to say who he was, who sent him, and what is he doing around the campsite. The Nazi leader only responds by spitting at his face. The angered Viet Cong leader cocks his Tokarev and prepares to execute him on the spot, but the rest of the Waffen SS platoon jumps in and fires at the camp with MP28 sub-machine guns. The VC leader takes cover as one VC operative is killed and the Viet Cong team scrambles for their weapons as a battle ensues.
In the confusion, the SS leader manages to escape from the clutches of the Viet Cong and rush into the jungle. One VC concentrates its fire and kills a Nazi soldier with his MAT-49 sub-machine gun. Seeing the VC soldiers become more assembled, the other soldiers fall back into the jungle as the rest of the Viet Cong gives chase. In the jungle, the Nazi leader runs into one of his fellow soldiers who gives him a Mauser C96 pistol. The soldier leads on through the jungle, but quickly falls into a Punji stake pit, which kills him instantly. The Nazi leader grimaces as he watches his friend fall. He turns around and sees two Viet Cong soldiers closing in, so he quickly runs further into the jungle.
In another area, two more Viet Congs are catching up to two other Nazi soldiers. The two Nazis and a Viet Cong safely pass by a planted Bouncing Betty, but when the second Viet Cong tries to pass, the bomb jumps up and explodes, killing him. The two Nazis make their way to a small river. As one of them tries to cross, he trips a wire and activates the POMZ-2 mine, killing him. The other Nazi jumps across the river and kills the oncoming Viet Cong soldier with his MP28 as he approaches the river.
Meanwhile, the Nazi leader kills one of the two remaining Viet Cong members with his Mauser and then makes his way across a small bridge over the river. The Viet Cong leader tries to follow, but is spotted by the other Nazi soldier. He attempts to shoot the last Viet Cong with his MP28, but runs out of ammo. The Viet Cong leader drops the Nazi with his Tokarev.
The two remaining leaders exchange fire with each other with their pistols until both guns are depleted. The Nazi leader then finds his team's Kubelwagen and runs to it, finding a Flammenwerfer 41 flamethrower in the back. While the Viet Cong leader is loading a fresh clip into his gun, his Nazi counterpart ducks for cover behind the Kubelwagen and straps on the flamethrower. The Viet Cong leader finishes reloading and fires at the Kubelwagen while yelling in Vietnamese, but the Nazi leader jumps out from behind the car and shoots a strong burst of fire at him. The Viet Cong leader is set ablaze and slumps to the ground. The Nazi leader examines the still-burning corpse, and then yells "Deutschland!" (Germany) in victory.
- The Viet Cong appeared in the CIA/KGB episode, getting killed by a CIA agent disguised as the Viet Cong.
- The Viet Cong appeared in the Navy SEAL/Israel Commando episode, getting killed by the SEALs.
- The Viet Cong and the Nazi SS are the only warriors in season 1 and 2 who had no defined Long Range Weapons.
- Vo Nguyen Giap, the main military leader of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army, Giap didn't go through any military training before joining People of Vietnam's Army. A history teacher, researcher and user of Vietnamese arts of war, Napoleon and Sun Tzu tactics.
- The Viet Cong assisted the Khmer Rouge, another communist warrior group, during the Vietnam War until Cambodia was captured by Pol Pot. However border conflicts and tensions between the nations appeared after the end of the Vietnam War. In late 1978 the Vietnamese saw the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot as too hostile and invaded. Trained by the Vietcong and experienced by the Vietnam War, they easily overwhelmed the young, violently insane Khmer Rouge soldiers in combination with the Cambodian Genocide sending the nation into chaos. In only two weeks, the Khmer Rouge was removed from power and Pol Pot continued to fight with guerrilla tactics until his own soldiers betrayed and arrested him.
- Even though they weren't tested in the Deadliest Warrior fight club, The Waffen SS and Viet Cong used rifles in the simulation, the SKS being used by the Viet Cong and the Karabiner 98K being used by the Nazi Waffen SS.
- The Viet Cong are officially called 'The National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam' but were called 'Vietnamese Communists', 'The VC', 'Viet Cong' and 'Victor Charlie' by the US army.
- The massive amount of American vehicles that were destroyed during the Vietnam War were recycled by local farmers; making improvised motorcycle and boat engines.
- Lê Đức Thọ is the only person so far to reject a Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded it because of his efforts in the Paris Peace Accords: an attempt to declare a ceasefire in the Vietnam War. Tho's refusal was due to his hostilities to the western world, especially since the USA and South Vietnam were clearly violating the Peace Accords.
- Viet Cong were not just soldiers but also propagandists and tax collectors. It was common for Viet Cong to be invited into villages and praised for their heroic stance. However it was also common for the Viet Cong to repress and commit warcrimes against more hostile territories. In both cases, their control over the countryside of South Vietnam was a provisional government.
- 30% of all Viet Cong attacks on non-communist forces were 'Harassment by Fire': in otherwords a fast hit and run tactic where the Viet Cong squads fire less than 20 rounds at their enemy before immediately fleeing. This included ambushes from tunnels or jungles, assassination attempts, sniping, and bombing attacks from mortars or rocket launchers.
- 39% of US casualties during the Vietnam War were from Friendly Fire.
- 33% of US soldiers in Vietnam were conscripts (about the same rate as WWII). During the peak of the Vietnam War: 50% of US soldiers used marijuana due to their low morale. 100,000 draft eligible men fled the US: primarily into Canada.
- The Vietnamese have a long history of resisting the Ancient Chinese Empires and were one of the few nations to successfully repel the Mongol Empire. Some historians believe that Vietnam's history of resisting invaders gave them an unbreakable morale.
- The Vietnam War influenced the American Civil Rights movement. African-Americans had high rates of unemployment due to racism, but the US Army was always willing to hire. Blacks also faced less racism in the war from both sides; Muhammad Ali infamously said 'No Viet Cong Called Me Nigger'. Black veterans saw it as unjust to return home from almost dying in war only to face discrimination again; fueling the movement further.
- During the Vietnam War a South Vietnamese Buddhist named Đạo Dừa founded a Coconut Religion: which declared that coconuts can be a healthy staple diet. The monks would eat only Coconuts and almost nothing else. In 1975 the Communists conquered the South and outlawed the faith: declared this religion to be a cult. At its peak it is believed that there were 4000 followers of this faith.
This is a short documentary about Viet Cong and the Ho Chi Minh Trail