Penraken's post-war ranges cover the period from 1946 to roughly the mid-70's, taking in the Indo-China and subsequent Vietnam conflicts. A range of Korean War miniature are included in this period as well. Additionally there are a variety of vehicles for this period which can be found in the Modern > Vehicles category.
After WWII the French reclaimed their colony of Indo-China from Japanese occupation. The Communist Viet Minh had been fighting the Japanese from 1941 and carried on their campaign for independence against the French. These wars culminated in the epic battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and created the independent countries of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This conflict was a precursor to the American intervention in Vietnam.
The Korean War ran from 25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953 and was a war between North Korea (with the support of China and the Soviet Union) and South Korea (with the principal support of the United States). The war began on 25 June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following a series of clashes along the border. The United Nations, with the United States as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea while China came to the aid of North Korea, and the Soviet Union also gave some assistance to the North.
The Vietnam War occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies and the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies.
While the Viet Cong fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region, the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), engaged in more conventional warfare, at times committing large units to battle. As the war continued, the military actions of the Viet Cong decreased as the role and engagement of the NVA grew. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery, and airstrikes.
The North Vietnamese government and the Viet Cong were fighting to reunify Vietnam, viewing the conflict as a colonial war and a continuation of the First Indochina War against forces from France and the United States. The U.S. government viewed its involvement in the war as a way to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam, with a wider aim of stopping the spread of communism worldwide.