Photos from the Vietnam War – from the other side

vietnam war images from vietnamese photographers
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. (Photo by Hoang Mai).
vietnam war images from vietnamese photographers
Troops walk the Ho Chi Minh Trail in the Truong Son Mountains, which form the 750-mile-long spine of Vietnam, stretching along much of the country’s western border. To the soldiers of the North, the Ho Chi Minh Trail was known as the Truong Son Road. 1966. (Photo by Le Minh Truong).
vietnam war images from vietnamese photographers
Combat boots litter the road on the outskirts of Saigon, abandoned by ARVN soldiers who shed their uniforms to hide their status. “I’ll never forget the shoes and the loud ‘thump, thump, thump’ sound as we drove over them,” recalled the photographer. “Decades of war were over and we finally had peace.” 1975. (Photo by Duong Thanh).


This is a must see. It’s a short, intense story with a lot of heart and heartbreak.

As we get further away from WW2, there are fewer survivors to tell the first hand accounts of the war. Hearing Colette talking about her family and visiting the concentration camp her brother died in moves you in a way history books can not. It shows humanity, love and sorrow which is so vital to keeping the history alive. Colette has the most charming, french, personality. A beautiful person and the way she speaks and uses language adds so much to the film.

Colette is a 24-minute short documentary directed by Anthony Giacchino and produced by Alice Doyard. The film follows former French Resistance member Colette Marin-Catherine as she travels to Germany for the first time in 74 years. Her visit is inspired by a young history student who enters her life and convinces her to visit the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp where her brother died at the hands of the Nazis.
It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 93rd Academy Awards.