• Conradsen Thorup posted an update 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    They may not be your family tunnels, however a very complex network of tunnels which served as hospitals, living quarters, communication and provide routes, as well as storage areas to the weapons and food of the Viet Cong guerrillas. They were constructed without the need for any sophisticated machines or tools only crude tools and human resilience. The Viet Cong guerrillas began building them on their proof against french within the late 1940s. Its original purpose was for communication between villages without getting detected by 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 from the North Vietnamese Army against the Americans.

    Many of these secret tunnels were built underneath American bases. Its importance has not been only limited to military purposes but also took over as the hub with the Vietnamese community life because the Americans burned and destroyed villages. Everything proceeded normally for your Vietnamese in these tunnels where lovers met, couples get wed, children went to school, and performances were held.

    All was not normal, needless to say. The Vietnamese were required to face the difficulties of living in cramped quarters where ants, scorpions, vermin, and poisonous centipedes thrive. Adding to that, they have to ration everything because food, water, as well as air were scarce. Most of the time, they just got from the tunnels through the night to scavenge something that could be useful for the city whether were supplies or food. When the Americans bombed and infiltrate villages, they had to keep during these claustrophobic quarters for the purpose gave the look of endless days. Those living conditions made sickness, especially malaria, rampant. The truth is, it is the next major source of death one of many Vietnamese in that time. Adding to that, the majority of the tunnel inhabitants had serious installments of intestinal parasites.

    As the Cu Chi tunnels had been a haven for that Vietnamese, it had been a way to obtain frustration for the Americans. That they tried various ways of detection and infiltration that have been all failing. The American troops conducted major operations burning villages, bulldozing jungles, and destroying rice paddies. They deployed planes which sprayed chemicals to defoliate the areas burning it afterwards. Through every one of these offensive attacks, the Vietnamese guerrillas, with the remaining portion of the villages, remained safe and secured in their tunnels. Despite this, only 6,000 Vietnamese in the original 16,000 tunnel inhabitants were able to survive after the war.

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