Weapons of the Cambodian Civil War

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Cambodian Civil War T-55 tanks

The Cambodian Civil War was a conflict between the forces of the Khmer Rouge and the royal forces of the Kingdom of Cambodia from 1967 to 1970, then between the National United Front of Kampuchea and the Khmer Republic from 1970 to 1975.

Khmer Republic Equipment[edit]

Handguns[edit]

M1911A1 pistol

Submachine guns[edit]

M3 submachine gun

Assault rifles[edit]

M16A1 was the standard FANK issue assault rifle
  • M16A1 Standard FANK issue rifle
  • CAR-15 Used by special forces
  • AKM Used extensively in swamp and jungle environment
  • AKMS Used extensively in swamp and jungle environment
  • AK-47 Used extensively in swamp and jungle environment
  • AKS-47 Used extensively in swamp and jungle environment
  • Type 56 assault rifle Captured from Communist forces
  • Type 56-I assault rifle Captured from Communist forces

Carbines[edit]

M1 carbine

Battle rifles[edit]

M1 Garand

Bolt action rifles[edit]

M1903 Springfield

Shotguns[edit]

Ithaca 37

Light machine guns[edit]

Browning Automatic Rifle

General-purpose machine gun[edit]

M60 machine gun

Heavy machine guns[edit]

Anti-tank rocket launchers[edit]

M72 LAW

Recoilless rifles[edit]

Grenade launchers[edit]

M203 grenade launcher

Anti-aircraft guns[edit]

Bofors 40 mm

Mortars[edit]

M2 mortar

Howitzers[edit]

Land vehicles[edit]

Helicopters[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

Naval craft[edit]

  • Monitor, (MON) heavily gunned riverine craft
  • Swift Boat, (PCF) Patrol Craft Fast
  • ASPB, Assault Support Patrol Boat, (known as Alpha boats)
  • PBR, Patrol Boat River, (all fiberglass boats, propelled by twin water jets)

Khmer Rouge Equipment[edit]

Handguns[edit]

Type 54 pistol

Submachine guns[edit]

PPSh-41

Shotguns[edit]

  • IZH-43 double barrel shotgun

Assault rifles[edit]

Type 56 assault rifle

Carbines[edit]

Type 56 carbine

Bolt action rifles[edit]

Type 53 carbine

Sniper rifles[edit]

Light machine guns[edit]

Type 53 light machine gun

General-purpose machine guns[edit]

Heavy machine guns[edit]

Type 53 machine gun

Anti-tank rocket launchers[edit]

Type 69 RPG

Anti-aircraft guns[edit]

Type 59 57 mm anti-aircraft gun

Mortar[edit]

Artillery[edit]

Type 59-1 130 mm field gun

Khmer Rouge used small number of field howitzers or captured howitzers from government forces

Recoilless rifles[edit]

B-10

Grenade launchers[edit]

  • M79 Captured from government forces

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Conboy, FANK: A History of the Cambodian Armed Forces, 1970-1975 (2011), pp. 263; 268-269.

References[edit]

  • Albert Grandolini, Armor of the Vietnam War (2): Asian Forces, Concord Publications, Hong Kong 1998. ISBN 978-962-361-622-5
  • Bernard C. Nalty, Jacob Neufeld and George M. Watson, An Illustrated Guide to the Air War over Vietnam, Salamander Books Ltd, London 1982. ISBN 978-0-668-05346-4
  • Bill Gunston, An Illustrated Guide to Military Helicopters, Salamander Books Ltd, London 1981. ISBN 978-0-86101-110-0
  • Kenneth Conboy and Kenneth Bowra, The War in Cambodia 1970-75, Men-at-arms series 209, Osprey Publishing Ltd, London 1989. ISBN 0-85045-851-X
  • Michael Green & Peter Sarson, Armor of the Vietnam War (1): Allied Forces, Concord Publications, Hong Kong 1996. ISBN 962-361-611-2