On the search of Roundles
The first thing I notice is the similarity between Viet Cong’s roundel and US’s. And even when Vietnam has been independent, the overall shape of the roundels still not changes a lot; the major adjustments were only focus on the color. Surprisingly, China’s roundels is more likely to be inspired by the US’s rather than Soviet Russian.
I was curious about which country had started this idea. After a quick research I found down, during WWI, the aircraft did not have any marking to denote their nationality. As a result, very often, they came under fire troop from the homeland ground. The French Air Force decided that they need a distinctive feature to differentiate friend and foe. As a result, the first roundel was born, which used 3 colors inspired by French flag and the “target” shape.
Britain found this was a brilliant idea. So in august 1914, they painted their Union Jack on the plane, but soon, it was misleaded to Germany’s aircraft. So in December, British followed French sample and adopted the “target shape” in Red-Blue-White, but reverse the order. Nowadays, the British Royal Air Force roundel is the most popular among its brothers and sisters. During the 60s, the mod youth-subculture adopted the Royal Air Force roundels. It was called “Mod Target”, and became a part of a subculture, which was called “Mod”.