In pictures: Hanoi’s 12-day-and-night battle in 1972 through the lens of photographer Chu Chi Thanh

As one of the photojournalists who worked during the 12 days and nights of fierce fighting against B-52 strategic bombers of the US in Hanoi in December 1972, photographer Chu Chi Thanh captured unforgettable moments about the capital city engulfed in smoke and fire but also affection.  Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this historic event, Nhan Dan Newspaper would like to introduce the special photo series under the consent of the author.
The anti-aircraft artillery batteries at Hang Day Stadium.
The anti-aircraft artillery batteries at Hang Day Stadium.
In pictures: Hanoi’s 12-day-and-night battle in 1972 through the lens of photographer Chu Chi Thanh ảnh 1

An anti-aircraft artillery unit on the shores of Truc Bach Lake fought against the American aircrafts.

In pictures: Hanoi’s 12-day-and-night battle in 1972 through the lens of photographer Chu Chi Thanh ảnh 2

Opening a tunnel at Bach Mai Hospital to save the trapped patients

In pictures: Hanoi’s 12-day-and-night battle in 1972 through the lens of photographer Chu Chi Thanh ảnh 3

Bach Mai Hospital was destroyed by the US B-52 aircrafts.

In pictures: Hanoi’s 12-day-and-night battle in 1972 through the lens of photographer Chu Chi Thanh ảnh 4

Kham Thien Street was destroyed.

In pictures: Hanoi’s 12-day-and-night battle in 1972 through the lens of photographer Chu Chi Thanh ảnh 5

The wreckage of a B-52 aircraft shot down in Dinh Cong Commune, Thanh Tri District, Hanoi.

In pictures: Hanoi’s 12-day-and-night battle in 1972 through the lens of photographer Chu Chi Thanh ảnh 6

American pilots were brought to an international press conference held at Hung Vuong Club on the evenings of December 28 and 30, 1972, under the presence of various domestic and foreign reporters.

In pictures: Hanoi’s 12-day-and-night battle in 1972 through the lens of photographer Chu Chi Thanh ảnh 7

American pilots were brought to an international press conference held at Hung Vuong Club on the evenings of December 28 and 30, 1972, under the presence of various domestic and foreign reporters.

In pictures: Hanoi’s 12-day-and-night battle in 1972 through the lens of photographer Chu Chi Thanh ảnh 8

American pilots were brought to an international press conference held at Hung Vuong Club on the evenings of December 28 and 30, 1972, under the presence of various domestic and foreign reporters.

In pictures: Hanoi’s 12-day-and-night battle in 1972 through the lens of photographer Chu Chi Thanh ảnh 9

American pilots were brought to an international press conference held at Hung Vuong Club on the evenings of December 28 and 30, 1972, under the presence of various domestic and foreign reporters.