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An Impartial View Of The Vietnam War: Images By ISHIKAWA BUNYO: Part 1

Binh Dinh. 1966
There is a surfeit of images from the Vietnam War, but most are from American sources. Below are some gripping images from the war from the lens of the Japanese photographer, ISHIKAWA BUNYO. It perhaps gives us a totally unbiased, more balanced view.

Ishikawa Bunyo was stationed in Saigon and covered the Vietnam War as a photojournalist from 1964 to 1968. He worked as a staff photographer for Asahi Shinbun from 1969 to 1984. After 1984 he worked as a freelance photographer

Tay Ninh, Vietnam. 1967. Operation Junction City. In one of the largest air-mobile assaults ever, 240 helicopters sweep over Tay Ninh province, beginning Operation Junction City. The goal of Junction City is to destroy Vietcong bases and the Vietcong military headquarters for South Vietnam, all of which are located in War Zone C, north of Saigon. Some 30,000 U.S. troops take part in the mission, joined by 5,000 men of the South Vietnamese Army. After 72 days, Junction City ends. American forces succeed in capturing large quantities of stores, equipment and weapons.

Search and Destroy. Binh Dinh Province. American soldiers with a Vietcong prisoner

American soldiers in Binh Dinh. Search and destroy operation. 1966
Tay Ninh again. 1967

American soldiers cover the corpse of a slain Vietcong in Tay Ninh province. 1967
American wounded. Operation Crimp. Ho Bo  Woods, north of Cu Chi. January 1966

Binh Dinh. A Vietcong?

Offering a cigarette to a Vietcong suspect. Tay Ninh province 1967.

American troops search a Vietnamese village in Binh Dinh province
American troops unwind at a beach at Da Nang in 1966, During the Vietnam War, the city was home to a major air base that was used by both the South Vietnamese and United States air forces. The base was considered one of the world's busiest airports during the war, reaching an average of 2,595 air traffic operations daily, more than any airport in the world at that time.

Binh Dinh. Vietnam was a ghost country in some ways for American troops, with Vietcong appearing and disappearing like spooks.

What lies in the future? Dinh Tuong province.

Confiscating chicken in a Vietnamese village

This is war. An American soldier smiles unconcernedly as dead Vietcong lie nearby

Lost in a quagmire called Vietnam?

American troops search a village as the Vietnamese sits helplessly.



Stunning Pictures From The Vietnam War 

Suggested Books

Photo Reportage: North Vietnam by ISHIKAWA BUNYO

Chien Tranh Giai Phong Vietnam by Ishikawa Bunyo

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