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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.

2 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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The Jim Bolen SOG Interviews: Reconnaissance Missions to the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The Jim Bolen SOG Interviews: Reconnaissance Missions to the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

2 weeks ago
 Above Photo: A North Vietnamese 122 mm shell hits a U.S. ammunition bunker at Gio Linh, South Vietnam. (AP) Jim Bolen was interviewed by Peter Alan Lloyd as part of his research for BACK. PAL: Jim, out of your nearly 50 SOG missions into Laos and Cambodia, how many of them involved some element of reconnaissance of the Ho Chi ... 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 weeks 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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“This Place Is Miserable.” North Vietnamese Eyewitness Accounts of Life on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

“This Place Is Miserable.” North Vietnamese Eyewitness Accounts of Life on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

2 weeks ago
Above Photo:  Sunset over Laos. “I don’t know why I feel sad, discouraged, home-sick and worried about the future. My homesickness is worse at sunset.” In 1966 US Air attacks against the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos concentrated primarily on the jungle tracks which North Vietnamese vehicles used when travelling on their long journey to South Vietnam. Tens of thousands of ... Read More
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