The Vietnam War was a long and gruesome battle with a huge cost accumulated on both sides, in terms of human fatalities. Since it ended over 40 years ago, it remains an event that haunts our collective history. Many maintain a vision of the war filtered through a handful of famous pictures that were captured by courageous civilians or military officers. Yet, the majority of these iconic shots were taken by Western photographers, or South Vietnamese, and offer only one side of the…

The Vietnam War was a long and gruesome battle with a huge cost accumulated on both sides, in terms of human fatalities. Since it ended over 40 years ago, it remains an event that haunts our collective history. Many maintain a vision of the war filtered through a handful of famous pictures that were captured by courageous civilians or military officers. Yet, the majority of these iconic shots were taken by Western photographers, or South Vietnamese, and offer only one side of the…

1973 Construction workers discuss repairs of the bombed out Ham Rong Bridge, in central North Vietnam.

Astonishing, rare images of the Vietnam War from the winning side

1973 Construction workers discuss repairs of the bombed out Ham Rong Bridge, in central North Vietnam.

September 1965 Using overhead targets, a militia company practices firing ahead of speeding aircraft in Thanh Tri. Even using antiquated WWII rifles such as these, the Vietnamese were able to crippleaircraft.

Astonishing, rare images of the Vietnam War from the winning side

September 1965 Using overhead targets, a militia company practices firing ahead of speeding aircraft in Thanh Tri. Even using antiquated WWII rifles such as these, the Vietnamese were able to crippleaircraft.

Date unknown Viet Cong meet the enemy face-to-face, most likely in the Mekong Delta or Plain of Reeds. This rare image shows both sides in combat, ARVN soldiers at the top and Viet Cong in the foreground. The VC have flanked the enemy at left and right, which likely meant the ARVN unit was wiped out.

Astonishing, rare images of the Vietnam War from the winning side

Date unknown Viet Cong meet the enemy face-to-face, most likely in the Mekong Delta or Plain of Reeds. This rare image shows both sides in combat, ARVN soldiers at the top and Viet Cong in the foreground. The VC have flanked the enemy at left and right, which likely meant the ARVN unit was wiped out.

In the northern part of South Vietnam an aerial image shows a large peace sign—apparently gouged out of the countryside with a bulldozer—near Camp Eagle, headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division. May 8, 1971 [[MORE]]texanwill:Unnamed AP Photographer, published in ‘Vietnam: The Real War’, October 2013.

In the northern part of South Vietnam an aerial image shows a large peace sign—apparently gouged out of the countryside with a bulldozer—near Camp Eagle, headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division. May 8, 1971 [[MORE]]texanwill:Unnamed AP Photographer, published in ‘Vietnam: The Real War’, October 2013.

New Zealand soldier presented with a garland of flowers. Saigon [Ho Chi Minh City], Vietnam, c.1965.

New Zealand soldier presented with a garland of flowers. Saigon [Ho Chi Minh City], Vietnam, c.1965.

Astonishing, rare images of the Vietnam War from the Viet Cong

Astonishing, rare images of the Vietnam War from the winning side

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