National Liberation Front

The National Liberation Front (NLF) of South Vietnam became more commonly known in Western media as the Việt Cộng, was a political organisation operating in South Vietnam and Cambodia with its own military forces – the People’s Liberation Armed Forces (PLAF) – which fought against the United States and South Vietnamese governments during the Second Indochina War (or The Vietnam War), eventually emerging on the winning side. It had both regular army and guerrilla units, as well as a network of cadres who organised villagers in the territory it controlled. Many members were recruited in South Vietnam, but others were attached to the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN), the regular army under the Democratic Republic of Vietnam of North Vietnam.