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Finding a Secret Vietnamese Army Hospital Cave in Laos.

Finding a Secret Vietnamese Army Hospital Cave in Laos.

4 weeks ago
Above Photo: Inside the Hospital Cave. I recently visited a secret North Vietnamese Army field hospital, hidden in a deep cave at the base of a mountain in Tham Pha, Laos, not far from Phonsavan. Clambering down a steep and overgrown pathway to find it, we only glimpsed the cave entrance when we were right on top of it. The ... Read More
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Abducted Nurses: An Unusual Rescue Mission Into Cambodia, During the Vietnam War.

Abducted Nurses: An Unusual Rescue Mission Into Cambodia, During the Vietnam War.

2 days ago
Above Photo: AP Reporter Danielle Flood interviews Monika Schwinn in 1973 Jim Bolen was interviewed by Peter Alan Lloyd as part of his research for BACK. In an interview I recently did with SOG veteran Jim Bolen, he mentioned he had led his team in an attempt to rescue a group of German nurses who were being held in a ... Read More
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“They Went Mad”: Links Between Vietnam’s War Against The Khmer Rouge and the US’s War in Vietnam.

“They Went Mad”: Links Between Vietnam’s War Against The Khmer Rouge and the US’s War in Vietnam.

1 week ago
Above Photo: A Cambodian girl cries in a refuge centre ahead of the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge in 1975. I recently read an extremely interesting article on the BBC by Kevin Doyle, about an almost-forgotten and rarely written-about war, when the Vietnamese army ousted the murderous Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pol in 1979. It highlights some ... 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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Street Skull Art in New York.

Street Skull Art in New York.

3 days ago
Above Photo: One of the many skull depictions on Crosby Street, New York. In my Backpacker-Vietnam War crossover novel BACK, I use Crosby Street in New York as a location for an apartment occupied by NYU students. These students set off on an ill-fated trek through the Laotian jungle to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, looking for something left behind from ... Read More
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