Review: Inside the Vietnam War

A few weeks ago I finally had the chance to watch Inside the Vietnam War, which I had recorded on my DVR while I was away in NYC.

The documentary combines not only war footage and facts, but also interviews with surviving Vietnam War veterans.  Phil Caputo, the author of A Rumor of War, makes several appearances.

What I enjoyed most about this show was that it illustrated on a map what areas the veterans discussed and showed you how the missions were expected to go down.  Even more unsettling are the interviews with the veterans because they show that they are still struggling with what they saw and what they had to do.  The welling tears in their eyes as they discuss the deaths of their fellow soldiers and the residual anger at command decisions to pull back when they should have pushed forward.

Because many of the soldiers in each company were teenagers or in their early 20s, this war has a different meaning — transforming young men into killers and broken men.  One poignant statement from a veteran questioned the assumption by family members that returning soldiers from Vietnam would be the same as they were when they left.

I highly recommend watching Inside the Vietnam War, which is available on DVD, to get a better understanding not only of the politics of the war but also the more personal experiences and impacts of war.

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