The View From The Other Side

by Daniel Russ on November 1, 2010

Vietnamese Women Militia

A militia woman strikes a heroic pose in defense of Binh Da hamlet, one of many Northern villages whose inhabitants readily took up arms during the war (1968). Photograph by Mai Nam © National Geographic Society,

Viet Cong Field HospitalA Cambodian guerrilla is carried to an improvised operating room in a mangrove swamp in this Viet Cong haven on the Ca Mau Peninsula (1970). This scene was an actual medical situation, not a publicity setup. Photograph by Vo Anh Khanh © National Geographic Society

North Vietnamese Draft Board.New recruits to the North Vietnamese army undergo physical examinations, Haiphong (1967). This image is taken from the book, "Another Vietnam," Photograph by Bao Hanh © National Geographic Society

Viet Cong Tunnels. Guerrillas tunnel into the dry soil in the region known as the Iron Triangle, a Viet Cong stronghold bounded by the cities of Tay Ninh, Song Be and Saigon (1966). Photograph by Duong Thanh Phong © National Geographic Society

Vietnamese Soldiers. Viet Cong guerrillas move through "fighting holes" in abandoned South Vietnamese houses. Such holes, dug almost a decade earlier, allowed them to pass through villages unseen (1960) Photograph by Le Chau © National Geographic Society

Vietnamese journalists and foreign correspondents friendly to the North interview a wounded victim following the American bombing of the Thong Nhat health clinic. Photograph by Lam Hong © National Geographic Society

Viet Cong guerrillas plant American-made mines upon learning that ARVN troops are approaching the Mekong Delta (1973)
© National Geographic Society

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