U.S. Marines, Tet Offensive, Battle of Hue, Central Vietnam, February 1968
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This image by famous British War photographer Don McCullin shows two U.S marines resting against a wall during fighting in Hue City. Smoke billows from a fire in the background. The Battle of Hue was one of the fiercest battles of the war, lasting one month and resulting in many civilian casualties. Whilst the siege resulted in a tactical victory for U.S & South Vietnamese forces, the battle was a significant turning point in the war with the North Vietnamese having a political and propagandic victory. Characteristic of many of McCullin’s images, his prints are typically black and white with a very high contrast. Through this use of high contrast, McCullin increases the drama of his images with the deep blacks accentuating the textures and ensuring a high impact.