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PAVN K-3 (PT-76)

PAVN K-3 (PT-76)

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The PT-76 is an amphibious light tank manufactured by the soviet union in the early 1950's soon becoming the standard reconnaissance tank. Largely exported the PT-76 was used by over 30 countries. In addition to the T-54, and Chinese copy Type 59 the PT-76 made up the bulk of the PAVN armored units, and was the model most committed. 

The first successful action of PAVN armor was on the night of 23 January 1968, when the 24th Regiment/304th Division with 13 PT-76 tanks over ran the Royal Laotian outpost at Ban Houei Sane during the Tet Offensive. The Battle of Lang Vei one week later on February 6th became the first successful use inside the borders of Vietnam.

On the evening of March 3, 1969, 10 PT-76 in addition to infantry mounted in BTR-50's from the 202nd Armored Regiment assaulted the  Special Forces' camp at Ben Het; however, the camp had 4 M48 Patton US tanks. This became the only tank-on-tank combat of the war.

Finally, again at Ben Het special forces camp, on May 9th 1972 two Bell UH-1B Helicopters mounting the new experimental BGM-71 TOW Missile destroyed three PT-76 marking the first combat use of the TOW.

Includes one PT-76 Light tank with .50cal AAMG (for Vietnam) and AAMG (for Arab Israeli) and tank commander

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