National Geographic : 1985 Dec
A Revolution Under Fire ONE AT A TIME is how they usually die in a guerrilla war. In this one, the Sandinistas say that the trickle has become a torrent of carnage that has cost 4,000 Nicaraguans their lives. This is how one more lost his. Last July photographer Jim Nachtwey went on patrol with one of several special Sandinista battalions charged with engaging contras in the north. Not far from San Jose de Bocay his 200-man group surprised about 300 rebels, called in artillery, and attacked. In the firefight one soldier sprays his AK-47 at the guerrillas (above). As the bullets fly overhead, a soldier lies dying (right), the sole Sandinista fatality. Nachtwey, a veteran combat photographer from Northern Ireland to El Salvador, says of his work: "It never gets easier. It only gets harder."