Foreword to PLA Infantry Equipment and Gear
The People’s Liberation Army is always changing. Beginning with its guerilla roots, most of its initial equipment were either captures or haphazardly put together gear. During the Cold War, the PLA received a good deal of assistance and technical knowledge from the Soviet Union, This was before an inevitable split in the communist camp. With improved relations with the West, came an improved economic situation, resulting in the rapidly modernizing PLA we see today. This can be seen reflected in its infantry equipment. The PLA has long traded in “Mao caps” and canvas shoes for special-forces berets and sleeve patches.
PLA Combat Gear
PLA Personal Kit
PLA Infantry Reference Gallery
-The Chinese People's Liberation Army since 1949