The Vietnam War, also known as the Vietnam Conflict, raged between pro-communist forces and anti-communist forces from 1955 to 1975, although Americans participated militarily beginning only in the early 60s. The total death toll from this armed conflict is said to be as high as 4 million and includes casualties from not only Vietnam but China, Russia, Cuba, Australia, the United States, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan. Sadly though, the majority of those killed were civilians. Despite the many controversies over the causes of and the goals of the participants in Vietnam War, it is now a part of history. And as we have seen since WWI, photographic images show what really happened during the conflict. What follows is twelve little-seen photographs, taken at the height of the war, that truly show the horror, fear and emotion of war.
#12 Collateral Damage
In a war as chaotic as the Vietnam War, soldiers are not the only ones forced into the conflict. Civilians are killed, kidnapped, have their homes destroyed, are left to defend themselves and are treated inhumanely as a consequence of war. No matter which side they are on, no one deserves to be a casualty of war.
#11 Range Of Emotions
This photo demonstrates the various different states and emotions one can go through during a battle in the war. There are people rejoicing, people breathing a sigh of relief, people helping each other out to safety and even a person writhing on the floor in pain. This sight was all too common during the war.
#10 Chopper Down
The American side of the battle often had the technological advantage over the Viet Cong, who largely resided on guerilla warfare and surprise. This photo showed the American side using this technological advantage to drop troops in enemy territory. Unfortunately, these drop-offs were times when numerous helicopters were destroyed by enemies.