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Wednesday, 3 April 1968

Mr Hayden asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

Can he say what is the uniform dress of combat troops of

(a)   the National Liberation Front; and

(b)   the Democratic Republic of Vietnam?

Mr Fairhall - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

There is apparently no common policy, even within Vietcong units on the wearing of a uniform mode of dress. Most Vietcong main force soldiers have a set of grey or green fatigues although the most common form of dress is the black suit of the Vietnamese peasant This suit is easily purchased through civilian sources and makes it difficult for allied forces to identify Vietcong soldiers.

The North Vietnamese soldier is issued with two sets of Khaki uniforms similar in design to US fatigues. Although the recently infiltrated North Vietnamese soldier normally wears this uniform, after a period of time in South Vietnam, lack of resupply forces him to adopt the peasant's black suit.

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