James Speed Hensinger, a Vietnam War veteran, has released a set of incredible night-time photographs he took of American troops opening fire on a lone Viet Cong sniper who had been firing down on the US soldiers in their huts with an automatic AK47 rifle. For more than four decades, Mr Hensinger kept these photographs to himself until now, choosing to release them to the public in celebration of this year's Memorial Day in the US.
Hensinger was a 22-year-old paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, nine months into duty fighting for the US in Vietnam, in April 1970. Around that time, the US army camp had been receiving sporadic night-time gunfire from what appears to be a lone Viet Cong gunman. The guerilla fighter would spend his nights climbing up to a concealed cliff where he could shoot through the thin roofs of the soldier's bunks instead of the sandbag walls.