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The Tunnels of Cu Chi by Tom MangoldDo you think youre hard? Do you think youre some sort of Tier Zero Modern Warfare Elite Ops Deniable Badass? Do you even think you know about such people? Until youve read this book, you dont know shit.
Cu Chi was a district just 25 miles from Saigon. Starting from the French Indochina War, local guerrillas carved tunnels out of the strong laterite clay that made up the district. By 1968, the Iron Triangle had over 200 miles of tunnels, with three and four level base camps including barracks, hospitals, and weapons shops. This book covers the Vietnamese men and women who lived and fought in the tunnels, and the American soldiers tasked with going in and smoking them out, the stone crazy tunnel rats.
The authors have compiled an extensive body of interviews with veterans on both sides of the conflict, bring forth the survivors own words as they describe living without sunlight or fresh air for months on end, and the terror of chasing the enemy into the bowels of the Earth. A secondary topic is weapons, from madcap high-tech schemes to destroy the tunnels, to the trained wasps and snakes that the VC used to defend their bases. Both the human and military elements are well-represented.
In the end, America never learned how to fight in the tunnels. Instead, in the wake of the Tet offensive, the army simply obliterated the entire district, first with defoliants, then with Rome plows, then with B-52 strikes that blew 10m craters in the ground. The guerrillas were essentially destroyed, but only at the cost of the entire region. The Tunnels of Cu Chi is a fascinating micro-history that amply demonstrates the fractally fucked up nature of the war.
Booby-trap - Cu Chi tunnels
Today's destination is the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam. A fascinating km system of underground tunnels. We booked ours tour with Happy Tour and we were off in a comfortable minibus to see one of the most famous battlegrounds on earth. For a great selection of places to stay with discount prices visit Ho Chi Minh Hotels for more information. Remember all those old war movies that you watched where the US soldier ran after a rebel in the jungle only to have him disappear in plain sight?
How Were the Tunnels Used?
Its about a two hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City to the tunnels. But worth it.
The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort. American soldiers used the term "Black Echo" to describe the conditions within the tunnels. For the Viet Cong, life in the tunnels was difficult. Air, food and water were scarce and the tunnels were infested with ants, venomous centipedes, scorpions, spiders and vermin. Most of the time, soldiers would spend the day in the tunnels working or resting and come out only at night to scavenge for supplies, tend their crops, or engage the enemy in battle. Sometimes, during periods of heavy bombing or American troop movement, they would be forced to remain underground for many days at a time.
While the South was fighting the North, they were also fighting another group, the Vietcong, who were a militant group from the South who sympathized with the North. Of course, multiple countries became involved in the war including the United States, China, the Soviet Union, etc. The Vietcong, alongside the North, dug tens of thousands of miles of tunnels underneath Vietnam. The digging began in the s, and the Vietcong joined the efforts in the early s. These tunnels are now known as the Cu Chi Tunnels. Saigon was the capital city of South Vietnam and the tunnels served as a means to move supplies, communications, troops, and equipment, while also providing the ability to perform sneak attacks.