The Vietnam War, fought in two bloody decades from 1955 to 1975, was essentially a civil war between North and South Vietnam, even with no clear border separating the two. It is also known as the American War, because even if there were other nations supporting the South, the United States was clearly the main ally against the communist-backed North. The fighting that ensued turned the nation into a battlefield, causing unfathomable damage to the land as it practically became a testing ground for weapons from both sides. It is estimated that over 58,000 American and 250,000 South Vietnamese troops lost their lives, compared to more than a million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, but these pale in comparison to the 2 million Vietnamese civilians who lost their lives during the conflict.
These are but some of the images of the war that scarred the country and brought pain and suffering to its people not just in the twenty long years it was fought, but for years to come.