Vietnam War: Rare and classic images by photographer Terry Fincher

Yahoo News Photo Staff

England’s Terry Fincher did five tours “in country,” covering the defining conflict of the age.

Terry Fincher (1931 – 2008) was one of the premier daily press photographers of the 20th century. But because so much of his career was spent shooting on deadline for newspapers in London – principally the Daily Express – he remains far less well-known than many of his globetrotting peers, whose pictures routinely appeared in weekly magazines or glossy monthlies in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.

Nevertheless, in his day – and especially among his rivals in London’s Fleet Street, where a singularly competitive, bare-knuckled brand of daily journalism held sway – Fincher was a legend. The British press photographer of the year in 1957, 1959, 1964, and 1967, and runner-up in 1968, he did five tours in Vietnam, covering the defining conflict of the age with as much talent and grit as any of his more famous colleagues. Here, on the 45th anniversary of the last U.S. troops leaving Vietnam on March 29, 1973, FOTO features a number of his rarely seen pictures from the war, along with some undisputed classics.

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<p>American troops on board a truck at a forward command post in the city of Huế, during the Battle of Huế, Vietnam War, February 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
RARELY SEEN: Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

American troops on board a truck at a forward command post in the city of Huế, during the Battle of Huế, Vietnam War, February 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>US Army casualties are evacuated by helicopter, Vietnam, 1973. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

US Army casualties are evacuated by helicopter, Vietnam, 1973. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>American helicopters in action against the Vietcong. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

American helicopters in action against the Vietcong. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>American casualties are evacuated by air-ambulance during the Vietnam war. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

American casualties are evacuated by air-ambulance during the Vietnam war. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>Blindfolded Vietnamese prisoners of war, Vietnam, 1973. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

Blindfolded Vietnamese prisoners of war, Vietnam, 1973. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>A human skull keeps watch over US soldiers encamped in the Vietnamese jungle during the Vietnam War. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

A human skull keeps watch over US soldiers encamped in the Vietnamese jungle during the Vietnam War. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>Vietnamese refugees returning to the city ofHuế after the Battle of Huá, Vietnam War, February 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
RARELY SEEN: Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

Vietnamese refugees returning to the city ofHuế after the Battle of Huá, Vietnam War, February 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>US troops take cover from the Vietcong in a trench on Hill Timothy, during the Vietnam War. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

US troops take cover from the Vietcong in a trench on Hill Timothy, during the Vietnam War. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>11th April 1968: US soldiers, one wounded and being carried by a colleague, walking down Hill Timothy, during the conflict in Vietnam. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

11th April 1968: US soldiers, one wounded and being carried by a colleague, walking down Hill Timothy, during the conflict in Vietnam. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>Marine chaplain Eli Tavesian giving communion to marine Louis A Loya, at Forward Command Post in Hue, Vietnam. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

Marine chaplain Eli Tavesian giving communion to marine Louis A Loya, at Forward Command Post in Hue, Vietnam. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>Vietnamese refugees crossing the wrecked Trường Tiền Bridge over the Perfume River during the Battle of Huế, Vietnam War, February 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
RARELY SEEN: Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

Vietnamese refugees crossing the wrecked Trường Tiền Bridge over the Perfume River during the Battle of Huế, Vietnam War, February 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>American troops on Hill Timothy during an action against the Viet Cong, Vietnam War, April 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
RARELY SEEN: Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

American troops on Hill Timothy during an action against the Viet Cong, Vietnam War, April 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>A stretcher party carries a wounded American soldier down Hill Timothy during the Vietnam War, 25th October 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

A stretcher party carries a wounded American soldier down Hill Timothy during the Vietnam War, 25th October 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>US marines in the jungle on November 4, 1968 during the Vietnamese War. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

US marines in the jungle on November 4, 1968 during the Vietnamese War. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>American troops on Hill Timothy preparing for battle against the Vietcong on April 11, 1968 during the Vietnam war. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

American troops on Hill Timothy preparing for battle against the Vietcong on April 11, 1968 during the Vietnam war. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>Lieutenant Colonel Colin ‘Mad’ Mitchell of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Saigon (modern Ho Chi Minh City) before leaving for Da Nang on October 13, 1968. He later went on to become a Conservative politician. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

Lieutenant Colonel Colin ‘Mad’ Mitchell of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Saigon (modern Ho Chi Minh City) before leaving for Da Nang on October 13, 1968. He later went on to become a Conservative politician. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>A wounded American soldier being attended to on February 19, 1968 during the Vietnam war. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

A wounded American soldier being attended to on February 19, 1968 during the Vietnam war. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>2nd Lieutenant Franc Barringer sitting on his bed in camp in Vietnam. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

2nd Lieutenant Franc Barringer sitting on his bed in camp in Vietnam. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>A Vietnam War refugee returns to Hue, carrying two children in baskets suspended from his shoulder in March 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

A Vietnam War refugee returns to Hue, carrying two children in baskets suspended from his shoulder in March 1968. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>A US soldier carrying a wounded refugee to safety during the war in Vietnam. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

A US soldier carrying a wounded refugee to safety during the war in Vietnam. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>American casualties are evacuated by air-ambulance during the Vietnam war. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

American casualties are evacuated by air-ambulance during the Vietnam war. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>US troops running towards a Bell (UH 1) Huey helicopter and crew in the Tay Ninh area of Vietnam. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

US troops running towards a Bell (UH 1) Huey helicopter and crew in the Tay Ninh area of Vietnam. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>A crewman in a US helicopter watches a group of escorting Bell Huey helicopters during an operation in the Vietnam War. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

A crewman in a US helicopter watches a group of escorting Bell Huey helicopters during an operation in the Vietnam War. (Photo: Terry Fincher/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>War photographers Terry Fincher of the Daily Express, left, and Larry Burrows from Life Magazine, right, on Hill Timothy, Vietnam. (Photo: Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

War photographers Terry Fincher of the Daily Express, left, and Larry Burrows from Life Magazine, right, on Hill Timothy, Vietnam. (Photo: Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>Express photographer Terry Fincher in Vietnam during the war in February 19, 1968. He is carrying a Leica M3 and a Nikon F camera. (Photo: Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Terry Fincher’s Vietnam War

Express photographer Terry Fincher in Vietnam during the war in February 19, 1968. He is carrying a Leica M3 and a Nikon F camera. (Photo: Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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