Southeast Asia

Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Leclerc during the Liberation of Paris, 1944 © Getty Images

A proud, pious aristocrat, loyal to General de Gaulle, Philippe Leclerc found a kindred soul among Britain’s wartime elite.

Viet Cong fighters crossing a river.

A look at the Vietnam War from two contrasting perspectives.

Section of the Thai- Burma Railway along the River Kwai, Thailand, December 2009.

The Thai-Burma railway was built by prisoners of war in appalling conditions. The dead were treated with a dignity denied the living.

The ‘First Television War’ was also documented in over 5,000 songs. From protest to patriotism, popular music reveals the complexity of America’s two-decade long experience struggling against communism in Vietnam.

President Sukarno authorising Major General Suharto to restore public order, 11 March 1966,

The story of Indonesia’s anti-Communist coup, the rise to power of a pro-western regime and its murderous aftermath.

Growing impatient with the slow chug of a stagnant war, in 1968 the North Vietnamese authorities planned a major offensive. The Tet Offensive did not deliver the anticipated fatal blow, but it did help turn the tide of the Vietnam War.
Members and supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party gather for its 45th anniversary in Jakarta's Soviet-built sports stadium, 23 May 1965.

The Indonesian genocide of 1965 has been smothered in silence for half a century.

Independence celebration in Hanoi, 1954. Copyright Edouard Boubat/Getty Images

Vietnamese national identity has been forged in opposition to foreign invaders. But while a united Vietnam is a recent development, the country has long been coloniser as well as colonised.

South-East Asia’s ‘Golden Triangle’ dominated the world’s opium production during the 1980s. David Hutt reveals how a young soldier from north Burma took on the United States government to become the region’s most notorious drug lord.

Destructive legacy: a NASA photograph of the huge caldera formed when Mount Tambora erupted in 1815.

Possibly the most destructive volcanic eruption of all time occurred on 10 April 1815.