Friday, June 21, 2013
Vietnam - gunfire in the night
In April 1970 James Hensinger took a series of photographs showing US troops engaging snipers on a hillside near Phu Tai in Vietnam at night. He took them with a Nikon camera, resting it on the sandbags around his guard tower and using time-exposures, triggering the shutter with a cable release. He sent the unprocessed film home, and didn't know what he'd managed to capture until he got home after his tour of duty and developed it.
The Guardian has now published a series of his photographs. They're remarkably clear, lit by the gunfire and flames of the engagement. Here's the first, to whet your appetite. I've reduced it in size to fit this blog.
There are more images at the link. Recommended viewing.
By the way, what's the tank in the foreground of that picture? I presume it's an M48 Patton, because only bridge and engineer versions of the later M60 were deployed to Vietnam. Can anyone confirm? You'll probably have to consult the larger versions of his pictures at the link to be sure.
EDITED TO ADD: Thanks to commenter Lance R. Peak for pointing out that there are larger versions of these pictures, and a couple of additional images, at the Daily Mail. The Mail identifies the tank as an M42 Duster, fitted with twin 40mm. Bofors cannon.