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U.S. Marines, Tet Offensive, Battle of Hue, Central Vietnam, February 1968
© D. McCullin Contact Press Images

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.

Têt Offensive, Hué, South Vietnam, 1968.
Tet Offensive, Battle of Hue, Vietnam, January 1968
© D. McCullin Contact Press Images

This image, also by Don McCullin, shows a U.S marine peering out the window of a house in Hue. Lying on the floor is a large framed portrait of a Vietnamese couple; likely the former occupants of the home. Whilst it may have been positioned for the photograph, this image by McCullin represents the tragedy of civilian displacement and leaves the viewer thinking about the couple in the picture frame and their whereabouts and well-being at that moment in time. With the fighting in Hue taking place amongst houses and residential streets, the urban combat had an enormous toll on the local civilian population. Tragically over 3000 people were killed and more than 2000 were left without a home during the Tet Offensive in February 1968.

American Troop on Sandbags, Quang Tri Province, Central Vietnam, 1972
© David Burnett, Contact Press Images

Barnett’s image shows an American troop sitting on sand bags in a base, watching air strikes in the distance. The image was taken in Quang Tri Province, near the former DMZ in Central Vietnam, February 1972. Burnett was in the immediate area when Nick Ut captured one of, if not the most, haunting and enduring images taken from the war.; the  Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of Phan Thị Kim Phúc  fleeing a napalm strike at Trang Bang village in Tay Ninh Province, South-eastern Vietnam.

Bombing in Vietnam, Operation Rolling Thunder, North Vietnam, 14 June 1966
© Lt. Col. Cecil J. Poss, USAF

Flying under radar control with a B-66 Destroyer, Air Force F-105 Thunderchief pilots bomb a military target through low clouds over southern North Vietnam. June 14, 1966. The U.S Air campaign during the Vietnam war was one of the largest in Military History. This image was captured on mounted recon camera.