People's Army of Vietnam; they were fighting for the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.
PAVN was also known as the NVA (North Vietnamese Army) and the Vietnam People's Army (VPA).
(VIETNAMESE HISTORY) People's Army of Vietnam; armed forces of Communist state created in Vietnam in May 1945. Known as Viet Minh to 1954.more...
After the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu (1954), ceasefire and partition of Vietnam ended First Indochina War. Vietnam north of the 17th parallel known as Democratic Republic of Vietnam, with capital in Hanoi; Vietnam south of that line known as the Republic of Vietnam (ROVN); figleaf for continued Western colonial rule.
DRV initially hoped to reunite Vietnam in accordance with the terms drawn up by 1954 Geneva Agreements, but Ngo Dinh Diem and his CIA handlers set about purging Communists in South Vietnam. So in 1959, PAVN began preparations for infiltrating South Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh Trail).
In 1968, PAVN launched offensive against ROVN; disaster, loss of non-Communist allies in the South. Rebuilt with surprising speed, despite massive US bombing ("Rolling Thunder"). In 1972, offensive reduced ROVN control to small enclaves...