Female soldier, Vietnam war
A Vietcong (or NLF for National Liberation Front) wearing the Vietcong red and white gingham scarf (called a Krama), this was used to differentiate themselves from the populace, it also acted as a political symbol. When the Vietcong would occupy hamlets in South Vietnam, they would provide a provisional government. The scarf would signify that the wearer is part of the NLF (both regular and irregular forces) and would receive food, medical treatment and general help from the people of the hamlets. If a person was to deny help or worse yet, tell ARVN or US forces their movements and contact with the village, the village would be razed and usually the people shot outright. Just something to think about the next time you’re watching footage about the war in Vietnam.