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THE ART OF WAR has reached thousands of people in a spirit of truth, understanding and factual history. In an attempt to continually find new avenues of discovery, I have designed "WHATS NEW" in THE ART OF WAR. Newly discover artwork, information and artifacts are "WHATS NEW". All exhibits contained herein are available for display, in combination with lectures, at school campuses. Your input to this site is greatly appreciated, contact: info@vietnamartwork.com
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COMBAT ARTISTS: They were armed for war with soft led pencils, paint and paper. Their job was not to paint the war but to interpret an exercise as old as time itself, WAR! As TV glamorized the physical act of war the combat artist internalized its content and meaning. As a tribute to democracy artists were permitted to paint what they saw. What resulted was not a horrific chronicle associated with previous wars but a beauty and quizzical softness and respect.

An eerie absence of death and a depiction of war as being something less than dignified emanated from oil on canvass. Instead of portraying the struggle against evil, what resulted was a psychological imprint of suburbia meeting a grass hut culture without an explanation. You will witness a rare and haunting beauty come through this unique collection. THE ART OF WAR is pleased to introduce combat artist Robert Hettiger and a sample of his work.

From 1969 to 1970, I was a Combat Artist for the First Infantry Division in Viet Nam. The paintings were exhibited in Saigon, the Pentagon in Washington, DC and will remain the permanent collect of the First Division Historical Museum. In January 1976, I went on a photographic safari in Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa. I was able to obtain much valuable subject matter for new series of paintings. In July 1976, I received a partial grant from the Florida Audubon Society to attend a bird-painting seminar to Trinidad. The seminar was under the instruction of Don R. Eckelberry. Paintings were done from bird skins and live birds that had bee mist-netted. After being painted, the birds were released. Around this time, the Nature Conservancy picked my work to be used on their greeting cards.

My work was also used in their calendars. In February 1977, I went to the Florida Everglades to paint and photograph. In March of 1978, my design was selected for the Long Island Wetlands and Waterfowl League Duck Stamp. It was also selected in 1980. The money raised from the stamp will be used to buy wetlands for waterfowl on Long Island. From 1980 - 1983, I worked on local paintings, and East African wildlife. In 1983,I worked on local paintings of East African wildlife. Iii 1983, 1 went to New Mexico to photograph native cliff dwellings. From the mid 1980's to present I have been working on wildlife paintings and my experiences in Viet Nam. Also at this time I am doing a series of tropical saltwater fish carvings. I am presently working on a show for the New York State Viet Nam Memorial Gallery in Albany, New York.

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PROPAGANDA: The Vietnam War was not only fought on the battlefield but on a psychological plain as well. Saigon's propaganda machine, manipulated by the U.S. and fortified by England's printing presses gave numerous projects credibility. One such project was the CHIEU HOI program. CHIEU HOI (open arms) was the national Vietcong defector program. Millions of propaganda leaflets littered the jungles containing horrific pictures accompanied by slogans of questionable content. The following is an example of actual leaflets accompanied by a step-by-step manual on how to surrender. As you read the manual notice the cost. The U.S. was charging $500 per Vietcong defector to come in and be repatriotised to fight for the winning team. Considered a lot of money in the 1960's it was a small price to pay compared to the thousands it cost to kill a Vietcong, as stated by the manual.

 

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WAR JEWELRY & ARTIFACTS: The Vietnam people were an ingenious and resourceful society. Born to a heritage of gorilla warfare they wasted little, including discarded military equipment and even spent munitions. They are considered the original recycling society. The following is an example of some of their handiwork.
Peace Medallion Made From Hand Grenade Pin
Necklace With Russian AK-47 Round
Rosary Beads With M-16 Bullet
P-38 Can Opener
Band Saw Blade Razor On Necklace
Pipe Made From M-50 Machine Gun Round
Cooking And Eating Utensils

 

Toy Bean Shooter

Foot Powder Can Used For Rice Whiskey
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