The North Vietnamese Infantryman was dedicated to ridding his or her country of American and Free World Forces. They were usually armed with either Soviet or Chinese made equipment. They standard weapon was either the SKS rifle or the AK-47 assault rifle. Many were Chinese copies but as the war progressed the Soviets started supplying the North in greater numbers. The AK-47 was a much feared weapon as it fired a larger calibre round than the US M16. Early on it also proved much more reliable than the early version of the M16 which tended to jam when dirty.