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In pictures: The Vietnam War
 

But it was also a war where images changed public opinion - images such as this by Nic Ut of nine-year-old Kim Phuc.

On 8 June 1972 a South Vietnamese aircraft accidentally dropped its napalm payload on the village of Trang Bang.

With her clothes on fire, Kim Phuc ran out of the village with her family to be airlifted to hospital.

She survived and now lives in Canada.

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