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The Jim Bolen SOG Interviews: Part 4 – Covert Prisoner Snatch Missions during the Vietnam War.

The Jim Bolen SOG Interviews: Part 4 – Covert Prisoner Snatch Missions during the Vietnam War.

4 months ago
Above Photo: North Vietnamese Army soldiers moving along a more exposed part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Normally a unit this size would have 2 NVA out front 20 to 30 meters to secure the trail. Jim Bolen is a former Special Forces operative and team-leader, who went on over 40 dangerous and top secret SOG missions to the ... Read More
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Strange Bedfellows: The Hanoi Hilton Then And Now.

Strange Bedfellows: The Hanoi Hilton Then And Now.

2 months ago
The Main entrance to the Hanoi Hilton POW Prison in Hanoi. The Hanoi Hilton, or Hoa Lo (“Hell’s Hole”) Prison, as it was more locally known, was built by the French in the late 1800s to hold Vietnamese political prisoners, during the French period of Vietnamese colonisation. The Hanoi Hilton before partial demolition and redevelopment. (© unknown) During the Vietnam ... Read More
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A School Destroyed by US Planes during the Vietnam War Bombing of Cambodia.

A School Destroyed by US Planes during the Vietnam War Bombing of Cambodia.

2 months ago
Above Photo: A view of one of the Lumphat school classrooms from inside a bomb crater. I recently went on a trip into the far north-eastern corner of Cambodia, to Ratanakiri Province, where the borders of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia all intersect. This is where I set my Vietnam War/modern-day backpacker novel, BACK, and on this research trip, I wanted to ... Read More
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John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road.

John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road.

3 years ago
Liverpool from Wapping (1875)  I’m a massive fan of John Atkinson Grimshaw’s art. For many years I have seen his paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road (shown above and below) in books, articles and even pubs all over the UK. I’ve always thought they were magnificent examples of Victorian urban art, and they came across my path again recently when I ... Read More
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Backpackers Becalmed on a Jungle River in Cambodia.

Backpackers Becalmed on a Jungle River in Cambodia.

1 month ago
Above photo: Like a scene from BACK – Backpackers becalmed on the Sesan River in the tri-border jungle. When we were in the tri-border area of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia recently, we travelled up the Sesan River, close to the border of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Sesan River, Cambodia, near the Vietnamese border. The backpackers were a speck in the ... Read More
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