• Duncan Thorup posted an update 2 years, 8 months ago

    They may not be your normal tunnels, however a very complex network of tunnels which served as hospitals, living quarters, communication and offer routes, as well as storage areas for your weapons and food from the Viet Cong guerrillas. They were constructed without resorting to any sophisticated machines or tools only crude tools and human resilience. The Viet Cong guerrillas began building them on their proof against france inside the late 1940s. Its original purpose was for communication between villages without getting detected from the French army. In 1960, however, Vietnam’s National Liberation Front began excavating and increasing the tunnels. The tunnel system was very strategic adding to the victory with the North Vietnamese Army up against the Americans.

    Many of these secret tunnels were built underneath American bases. Its importance wasn’t only limited to military purposes and also took over as the hub in the Vietnamese community life as the Americans burned and destroyed villages. Everything proceeded as normal for the Vietnamese in these tunnels where lovers met, couples get married to, children went to school, and performances were held.

    All wasn’t normal, naturally. The Vietnamese were required to face the difficulties of living in cramped quarters where ants, scorpions, vermin, and poisonous centipedes thrive. In addition to that, they should ration everything because food, water, as well as air were scarce. More often than not, they merely got out of the tunnels during the night to scavenge anything that will be helpful for the city whether were supplies or food. At times when the Americans bombed and infiltrate villages, they’d to stay during these claustrophobic quarters for which seemed like endless days. Those living conditions made sickness, especially malaria, rampant. In reality, it is the second major source of death one of many Vietnamese during that time. In addition to that, a lot of the tunnel inhabitants had serious installments of intestinal parasites.

    While the Cu Chi tunnels was really a haven for your Vietnamese, it was a source of frustration for your Americans. That they tried various methods of detection and infiltration that had been all failing. The American troops conducted large scale operations burning villages, bulldozing jungles, and destroying rice paddies. They deployed planes which sprayed chemicals to defoliate other locations burning it afterwards. Through these offensive attacks, the Vietnamese guerrillas, with the rest of the villages, remained safe and secured of their tunnels. Not surprisingly, only 6,000 Vietnamese from the original 16,000 tunnel inhabitants could survive following your war.

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