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Images Tell A Story: VIETNAM WAR


The Vietnam War.... The name evokes failure, tragedy.... Synonymous perhaps with Stalingrad. Below are some images of the war that tell the story of Vietnam better than any prose could have ever told....

 Perhaps this images encapsulates how the Americans were feeling about Vietnam in 1968. A sense of helplessness. (Khe Sanh, Vietnam War. Image by Robert Ellison 1968) 

 Clutching helmet and weapon, a Marine winces as North Vietnamese mortar rounds fly overhead during enemy shelling, Khe Sanh, South Vietnam (Image by Paul Stephanus)

 American soldiers had a real hard time in Vietnam. 1968 (Image by Toshio Sakai)
A contemplative mood. Not only the soldier but the country too.

A South Vietnamese soldier escorts a suspected Vietcong . brothers torn apart by a civil war

The tragedy of Vietnam. America was propping an unpopular South Vietnamese regime

Innocent victims of war

The South Vietnamese soldiers treated Vietcong prisoners brutally. It was "you or me". Survival.

Great propaganda!

Public opinion had turned against the war

Victims of the Tet Offensive

The Americans were totally taken by surprise by the Tet Offensive

This South Vietnamese soldier had good reason to brood. he was on the losing side.

War is no picnic

A South Vietnamese soldier and a captured Vietcong. No affection for the prisoner.

1971. Vietnam. (Image by David Kennedy)

Tet Offensive

A war photographer

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