In all just shy of 80 people are represented, in talking heads style interviews, ranging from civilians to soldiers, and insurgents to the political or military bigwigs. Some of the soldiers of both sides are remarkably eloquent. And some of them just have a certain charisma; in an interview for Vanity Fair Burns said “I have this recurring thought that, if some evil genie took away all our interviews but one, the one we would keep would be John Musgrave, and we’d make a different film and call it The Education of John Musgrave”.
But it's not all just about the Yanks. We hear from the Vietnamese of both North and South, and those who were caught between the two. The Vietnamese character who sticks in my memory most, stood out from the many others by dint of not having Nguyen (pronounced 'Win'!) appear anywhere in his name, oh... and his shock of white hair! He was author and former North Vietnamese soldier Bảo Ninh. But in fact there are many interesting testimonies, both from ARVN and other South Vietnamese sources, and those who sided with the Communist North.
I'll definitely be seeking ways to see the full length version.
Burns himself says that his role as a filmmaker isn't contributing to the defence of the nation per se, but to the quality of a culture that makes the nation worth defending. Touché! Merrill McPeak, a high ranking USAF figure, who took part in the war and this series, is one of those particularly eloquent servicemen, and he's clearly sympathetic to Burns' desire that the series might have a healing, reconciling effect, but concludes, in an interview elsewhere '[It's] Not going to happen.'
 This is another of those iconic images thrown up by this terrible conflict. Read more about it here.
 Phan Thi Kim Phuc is the naked young girl at the centre of the picture, taken by photograher Nick Ut. If you read about her you'll discover that she's now living in Canada - also, interestingly, the country Americans could go to in order to avoid the 'Nam draft - and is still undergoing surgery as a consequence of the napalm attack in 1972, 45 years ago.