'PROTECT THE PEOPLE'S SOVEREIGNTY', 1968

Le Lam designed the above poster in 1968 while in Ben Tre Province, a region renowned for the courage of its female fighters and civilian protesters, who are celebrated in art and song (refer to the 'Women in Combat' Gallery).

This poster was painted in 1968, the year of the Tet offensive. A female fighter with a National Liberation Front (NLF) flag attached to a bayoneted AK47, is haloed by a dappled golden light; shell casings are strewn around her feet, and the walls are pockmarked by machine gun bullets.

We can note several similarities in the details of the depiction of the female soldier in the above poster and the woman in the following rare photograph showing a female VC fighter posing for the artist and a student some two or three years later.