“Haunting” Image of Viet Cong Women Fighters.
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I’ve been going through tens of thousands of photographs of the Vietnam War recently, and this one really struck me as unique. Taken by Vo Anh Khanh, it shows a group of Viet Cong women hiding their faces from the camera, having attended a training camp in the forests of South Vietnam.
I’ve sourced many interesting Viet Cong, North Vietnamese Army and US photographs to illustrate forthcoming articles about my Vietnam War/Backpacker crossover novel, BACK, which I’m looking forward to using in future articles.
I also have my own photographs of real-life locations used in the book and the dangers that still lie beneath the jungle canopy along the modern-day Ho Chi Minh Trail, where the novel is set.
Unfortunately, photographs are not the only historical reminder of the Vietnam War and the Secret War in Laos. I have also given some outstanding images by UXO Lao of the incredibly difficult challenges they face on a daily basis in dealing with unexploded ordnance from the Vietnam War in the region’s rice fields and jungles. This is a dangerous legacy that the characters in BACK also have to negotiate.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
© Peter Alan Lloyd
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