Shooting Vietnam, The War By Its Military Photographers

The authors have produced a personal view of the Vietnam war as seen through the camera lens. This is a novel approach to military history where few books are created by those who photographed the action – Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Shooting Vietnam, The War By Its Military Photographers
FILE: R3070
AUTHOR: Dan Brookes, Bob Hillerby
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £25.00                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Vietnam, Indo China, US Forces, column warfare, combat cameraman, 
photo journalist, camera, technology, SLR, plate camera, half plate, action 
photography, battle zone, insurgents, North Vietnamese Army, campaigns, air strikes, 
vertical insertion, helicopters

ISBN: 1-52674-400-7

PAGES: 235
IMAGE: B3070.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The authors have produced a personal view of the Vietnam war as 
seen through the camera lens. This is a novel approach to military history where 
few books are created by those who photographed the action – Highly 
Recommended.

The Vietnam War was a military disaster for the US that took much effort to recover 
from. Most of the troops were young conscripts who did not want to be there. The US 
military made many mistakes and the politicians failed to recognize the risks, failed 
to provide clear objectives and failed to prepare exit strategies. The CB (combat 
cameraman) wanted to be there. He had to accept the same hardships and dangers as 
the soldiers but he had clear objectives and motivation. For him, the Vietnam War 
was a success because he did his job and enjoyed doing it. In the process, he was 
marked as deeply as the soldiers.

Although cameras had been recording military action since the US Civil War, the 
Vietnam War was one of the first to be able to take advantage of camera and film 
technology that greatly aided the CB. The 35mm SLR camera was a particular 
advantage because it was compact, light-weight and available as a system with many 
lens and accessory choices. It could have been specifically designed for the CB and it 
was supported by a new range of film stock that offered many advantages, being easy 
to change rolls and with choice of performance and durability in testing conditions.

This highly readable collection of memories and experiences provides a vivid 
impression  of war and the conditions in Vietnam. There are a great many images, 
many in full colour, through the book but the words also paint memorable pictures. 
The images are part of the personal collections of the authors and part of their lives. 
They have captured the essence of combat a long way from home.