The Vietnam War has become one of the most controversial conflicts in American history, and there are many reasons for that. The war which essentially lasted from 1955 to 1975 would cost America more than 55,000 lives and scar thousands more. The proxy war between The U.S. and communist Soviet Union eventually led to the major humiliation of America, and South Vietnam’s loss to North Vietnam and the Viet Cong. Here are some eye-opening images of a war that raged far too long.
Winning Their Hearts
The tactic of handing out candies and other goodies in war zones is not a new practice. Some view it as a consumerism tactic that is supposed to “win the hearts” of the locals while they’re making war with their neighbors. Others see the humanity and compassion in it.
Vietnam has a tropical climate and a heavy season of rainfall. In this well-captured photograph, U.S. soldiers are filling their army-issue canteens with rainwater leaking off elongated leaves. These conditions proved challenging for U.S. troops during the Vietnam War.