40 Rare Vietnam Photos

As photographic technology began to advance during this era, pictures became an important part of telling the story of the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War was a conflict that spanned over a decade in the '60s and '70s that left an estimated millions dead. The conflict, fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam, attracted support from outside countries--with the United States taking the side of South Vietnam and communist countries like the Soviet Union and China supporting the northern soldiers. While North Vietnam ultimately won the war, the massive bloodshed on both sides paints the picture of a conflict that ended with only losers, no winners. 

As photographic technology began to advance during this era, pictures became an important part of telling the story of the Vietnam War. They were able to capture the horror, strife, and grief in a way that words never could. While some of these photographs would go on to become emblematic of this conflict, such as the disturbing and award-winning "Napalm Girl", others didn't recieve as much attention, even though they were just as important in telling the story of this bloody war. Here are 40 of those photos. 

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