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Photos of U.S. troops in rice paddies, anti-war protests and skies full of Iroquois helicopters have become ubiquitous images of the American War, incubated by countless blockbuster films, documentaries and books. But images of the War from the perspective of the North are far less pervasive.

These 40 photos offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the men and women of the North Vietnamese Army, in battle and at rest.