Drawing under fire: war diary of a young Vietnamese artist
Artist and military reporter Pham Thanh Tam was twenty-two years old in 1954 when he wrote his diary and created his sketches at the battle of Dien Bien Phu during the Franco-Vietnam War (1946-1954). Fought in northwest Vietnam by the Viet Minh forces of General Vo Nguyen Giap against the French colonial power, Dien Bien Phu has been described as the Stalingrad of the East.
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