The Vietnam war was one of the most well known wars. The war created many books, movies and games which are highly popular to the public because it’s one of the most recent and violent wars there’s ever been.
The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The war began in 1954 (though conflict in the region stretched back to the mid-1940s), after the rise to power of Ho Chi Minh and his communist Viet Minh party in North Vietnam, and continued against the backdrop of an intense Cold War between two global superpowers: the United States and the Soviet Union. More than 3 million people (including 58,000 Americans) were killed in the Vietnam War; more than half were Vietnamese civilians. By 1969, at the peak of U.S. involvement in the war, more than 500,000 U.S. military personnel were involved in the Vietnam conflict. Growing opposition to the war in the United States led to bitter divisions among Americans, both before and after President Richard Nixon ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973. In 1975, communist forces seized control of Saigon, ending the Vietnam War, and the country was unified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam the following year. (History.com, 2009)
Most iconic photos from the Vietnam war:
This photo shows is telling us the betrayal of the north and south of Vietnam but it could also say that the American soldier in the background is telling the man to shoot the other one.
Composition shows the difference between the good and bad, left being the good and the right regarded as bad, and this impacts the way the good are treating the bad, like being put on display to show the true power of the American forces.
This picture can tell us a lot about the war in that the Americans are killing the Vietnamese children’s parents as there are none in the picture, we also see that one of them is naked which indicates that the soldiers have no regard for them and don’t care about them, in the background there is thick smoke so this tells us that they have completely destroyed the place in which the children lived. Composition of this picture tells us the true horror of war in it being rough and filthy.
(10 war photographs that changed the world forever, 2009)
On this picture we can see the pure terror on the faces of these Vietnamese people, maybe there hiding from the American soldiers or the Viet Cong soldiers. In this picture the photographer has managed to capture the light in which the Vietnamese people are staying away from.
(PicLover and profile, 2010)
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