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Cameras, Combat and Courage (Hardback)

The Vietnam War by the Military’s Own Photographers

Photographic Books Colour Books Vietnam 20th Century Military

By Dan Brookes
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 360 colour & black and white
ISBN: 9781526750235
Published: 25th March 2020

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What was it like to be a military combat photographer in the most photographed war in history — the Vietnam War? “Cameras, Combat, and Courage”, a companion volume to "Shooting Vietnam", takes you there as you read the firsthand accounts and view the hundreds of photographs by men who lived the war through the lens of a camera. They documented everything from the horror of combat to the people and culture of a land they suddenly found themselves immersed in. Some even juggled cameras with rifles and grenade launchers as they fought to survive while carrying out their assignments to record the war. “Cameras, Combat, and Courage” also finally brings recognition to these unheralded military combat photographers in Vietnam that documented the brutal, unpopular, and futile war.

Firsthand accounts and photographs by military photographers in Vietnam from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, “Cameras, Combat, and Courage” puts the reader right alongside these men as they struggle to document the war and stay alive while doing it — although some didn’t survive. The cameras around their necks often shared space with a rifle or grenade launcher that enabled them to stay alive while performing their assigned military duties, killing, if necessary, to survive.

Often, during a brief respite from trudging through swamps and rice paddies or jumping from a chopper into a hot landing zone, they would wander the streets of villages or even downtown Saigon, curiously photographing a people and a culture so strange and different to them. It is these photographs, of a kinder, more personal nature, removed from the horror and death of war that they also share with the reader.

The accounts in this book come from young men thrust into a conflict half way around the world, and all who had their own unique perspective on the war. Some were seasoned photographers before the military, others had only recently held a camera for the first time.

Cameras, Combat, and Courage is a fitting follow-up to Shooting Vietnam. Both merit a center shelf position in your library because they are books you will pick up time and time again.

Vietnam Veteran Association

An accompanying book to the authors other work about combat reporters in Vietnam.

This is just as well presented and gives an expanded view of what these combat cameramen went through on the front lines in Vietnam.

Really well written with previously unseen photos makes this a must have 5 star book.

Read the full review here

Richard Domoney-Saunders

Pick Of The Month

Soldier magazine, April 2020

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I cannot imagine being sent to a war zone to photograph what is going on. The photographers that were charged with photographing the Vietnam War were brave for not only going to do this, but for making it the most photographed war. They risked their lives to show those of us that weren't there and future generations what it was like in the battlefield, but also what it was like in the strange place they were sent to. The photographs of the local people and places show the contrast between the war and the everyday life that continued during it.

NetGalley, Cristie Underwood

This was such a wonderful glimpse into a conflict not often talked about in a unique and powerful way.

This book was a powerful book and the story were like those I've never read about. The stories were heartbreaking, brave and very eye opening. This is definitely a book I would recommend to history fan and those who enjoy learning about the conflict.

NetGalley, Breezy Corbin

About Dan Brookes

Dan Brookes is a writer, photographer, and graphic artist. His tour in Vietnam gave him the travel bug and he still takes to the road, ocean, and air the world over adding to his collection of stories and pictures for his next books and photo exhibits. In addition to many other things, has been the production manager of a Hollywood-based gambling magazine, piloted a riverboat through the Amazon where he helped establish schools in tribal rainforest areas, ran a catering business that fed some of the most famous rock stars on tour, co-founded a UFO research group, and recently retired from Apple where he was a computer solutions consultant. He lives in Connecticut.

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