The Vietnam War or Second Indochina War, 1954-1975 was catastrophic for all sides involved. An estimated 3 million Vietnamese—a startling number—lost their lives in the war as did 1.5 million to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians died. Poetry was an important way through which millions of Vietnamese filtered their experiences of the war and the suffering it cost.
Tending to the injured
Firing on the enemy