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Vietnam People's Army

Vietnam Peoples Army
Flag of the Vietnam People's Army. Slogan translates as "Determined to win."
Military unit
Unit nameVietnam People's Army
Quân Đội Nhân Dân Việt Nam
FoundedDecember 22, 1944 � present
CountryVietnam, North Vietnam
AllegianceVietnam, North Vietnam
TypeArmed forces
RoleDefense of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Garrison/HQHanoi, Vietnam
MottoNothing is more precious than independence and freedom
AnniversariesTraditional Founding Date: December 22, 1944. Dien Bien Phu Victory: May 7, 1954. Liberation of the South: April 30, 1975.
EngagementsMilitary history of Vietnam *World War II (Anti-Japanese Campaign 1944 � 1945) *First Indochina War (Against France and French-sponsored local forces, 1946 � 1954) *Second Indochina War (Vietnam War) (Against the United States and South Vietnamese forces, 1954 � 1975) *Cambodian-Vietnamese War (Against the Khmer Rouge, 1977 � 1989) *Sino-Vietnamese War (Against China, 1979) *Sino-Vietnamese border conflicts (border clashes with China, 1979-1990) *Vietnamese border raids in Thailand (Against the Khmer Rouge insurgents and Thailand, 1979-1989) *Thai-Laotian Border War (Against Thailand to defend its ally, Laos, 1987-1988) *Clashes in Cambodia (Against the co-premier Norodom Ranariddh and the Khmer Rouge, 1997) *Insurgency in Laos (secret war in Laos against Hmong separatists, 1975-present)
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The Vietnam People's Army ( , variously translated as Vietnamese People's Army and People's Army of Vietnam) is the armed forces of Vietnam. The VPA includes: the Vietnamese People's Ground Forces (including VPA Strategic Rear Forces and Border Defense Forces), the Vietnam People's Navy (including VPN Marine Corps), the Vietnam People's Air Force, and the Vietnam Marine Police.

During the French Indochina War (1946 � 1954), the VPA was often referred to as the Việt Minh. In the context of the Vietnam War (1959 � 1975), the army was referred to as the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) or the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN). This allowed writers, the US Military, and the general public, to distinguish northern communists from the southern communists, or Viet Cong. However, northerners and southerners were always under the same command structure. According to Hanoi's official history, the Vietcong was a branch of the PAVN. In 2010 the Vietnam People's Army undertook the role of leading the 1,000th Anniversary Parade in Hanoi by performing their biggest parade in Vietnam's history.

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