LAO PATRIOTIC FRONT, MILITARY ALUMINUM BRACELET, SIGNED

AUTHENTIC LAO PATRIOTIC FRONT , MILITARY ALUMINUM BRACELET, SIGNED

2 300 PLANE U.S. CUT DOWN IN LAOS

2300 AVION U.S.

ABATTU AU LAOS

FRONT PATRIOTIQUE LAO

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Pathet Lao ( Laotian àº>ະà»eàº--àº"ລາວ, "Land of Laos") was a communist , nationalist political movement and organization in Laos , formed in the mid 20th century . The group was ultimately successful in achieving paramount power in Laos, following a civil war or insurgent revolution lasting from the 1950s to 1975. The group was always closely associated with Vietnamese communists. During the civil war, it was effectively organized, equipped and even led by the army of North Vietnam .

The Pathet Lao can be considered the Laotian equivalent of the Viet Minh and Viet Cong of Vietnam . The term eventually became the generic name for Laotian communists. The political movement associated with the Pathet Lao was called first the Lao People's Party (1955-1972) and later was known as the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (1972-present). After the Pathet Lao seized power, they were effectively the government rather than an insurgency and the term ceased to be used. Unlike the Khmer Rouge , they were effectively an extension of Vietnamese Communist movement.

Key figures of the Pathet Lao
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