Vietnam War NVA Flag - Salty USGI Captured

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Original Vietnam War Salty USGI Captured North Vietnamese Army Flag.

The Vietnam War NVA Flag, officially known as the National Flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is a symbol of the country's history and struggle for independence. It was created in 1940 and was used in the resistance against French colonial rule in southern Vietnam. The flag features a red background, representing revolution and sacrifice, along with a golden star that represents the five main classes in Vietnam society: intellectuals, farmers, workers, entrepreneurs, and soldiers.

The Viet Minh, a communist-led organization founded in 1941, used this flag during their opposition to Japanese occupation. In 1945, leader Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam independent and designated the Viet Minh flag as the emblem of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The DRV became the government of North Vietnam in 1954 following the Geneva Accords. The star on the flag was straightened on November 30th, 1955. South Vietnam used a yellow flag with three red stripes until the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. The red flag of North Vietnam was then adopted as the flag of a unified Vietnam in 1976. This flag stands out among those of ASEAN, as it features only the colors red and yellow/gold without any white.

Textbook example made of stitched cotton with the perfect amount of salty honest wear, all while still exhibiting brilliant colors. During the war it was common to cut out the center of the red cotton field on a flag, and then sew the yellow cotton star onto one side making it possible to be seen from either side. This saved material and labor compared to sewing a star onto both sides.

This flag measures 50” by 32”. 


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