A Travelogue

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cu Chi tunnels outside Saigon

A diagram showing the 3 levels of tunnels used by the Viet Cong to hide in during the Vietnam war.

"The openings were made to Vietnamese size.  American soldiers, big like water buffalo, could not get in," explained the guide.  this young woman was able to fit, but no one else in the group was slender enough to make it.  Even if the hips went it, a Western man's shoulders would be too wide.  Like water buffalo, LOL.

One of the traps to catch unwary soldiers - sharpened bamboo spikes, often tipped with something to cause infection.  Their aim wasn't to kill the soldier since a wounded soldier would require the aid of two companions to carry him out, thus disabling 3 soldiers.


Blogger charlie said...

quite a reminder of what we heard on the news when we were growing up.

8:47 PM


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