How will these resources help you?
Note: Before teaching this topic, check in with any students who have been in a war zone and be aware of their sensitivities.
Introduction to different perspectives
Living through the Vietnam War
by Cath Senker, published by Raintree, (2013), 9781406234978
Vietnam War - The Vietnamese Perspective: The Face of the Enemy
by Erik Pauser, published by YouTube, (2009)
Vietnam war photos - a photo essay
‘Who is the Enemy Here?’ - The Vietnam War pictures that moved them most
by Lily Roth and Alice Gabriner (edited by), published by Time USA, (2023)
Note: Some of the images are extremely disturbing, so make sure to select only those that will be appropriate for your students to view.
Photos had a huge impact on how people around the world saw the war in Vietnam. You could also use famous photos as a primary source to discuss how they might have affected viewers and their perceptions of the war.
Impacts of the war
Lasting impacts of the Vietnam War
by This World, published by BBC Two, (2014)
Note: This clip contains footage of a person living with the result of a severe injury from a landmine.
You could use this clip as a basis for discussion of the consequences of conflict for future generations. You could compare the consequences of the war in Vietnam with those of other conflicts studied for GCSE.
Text © Cath Senker, 2020, 2023