“Haunting” Image of Viet Cong Women Fighters.

“Haunting” Image of Viet Cong Women Fighters.

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.

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Still dangerous after all these years: UXO Lao deal with unexploded ordnance after a fire in the jungle.

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.

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Cluster bombs dropped during the Vietnam War are prepared for detonation along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Attapeu Laos.

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.

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Cluster bombs along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, in Attapeu Province, Laos. The pipes containing the cluster bombs have been packed with C-4 explosive, and will finally be detonated, nearly 50 years after they were dropped.

For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War, POWs/MIAs and Adventure Backpackers trekking into the war-ravaged jungles of Asia, see news of our latest film, M.I.A A Greater Evil:

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

© Peter Alan Lloyd

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US: Amazon: Back Parts 1 and 2

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  2. Stefano Sabido

    Who were these woman activists? If attending a training camp were they soldiers? Why did they hide their faces? Was it from each other or from the camera?

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  3. Rhees

    The front female viet cong seems taller than the average Vietnamese, her eyes look rounder not almond shape Asian eyes.
    She could be a Russian advisor as there were during the Vietnam war.

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