Cu Chi Tunnels 

The Remnants of War

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There were 200 km of tunnels at Cu Chi, stretching to Saigon. and into some American bases.  They were used to shelter an under-ground army and enable them to make surprise attacks before disappearing back through camouflaged trap doors.  A trip below is very interesting but not for the claustrophobic

During this introductory lecture from a uniformed ex Viet Con  officer, a violent thunder storm erupted,  setting the scene for our trip below ground

Sections of the tunnels have been enlarged to accommodate Westerners

 

 

Dug using the most rudimentary tools, the 10 -13ft thick roof could stand the weight of a 60 ton tank and the impact of 100kg bombs

Munitions factories, kitchens, hospitals, living and storage areas were housed several stories deep

The Command Center of the subterranean village.

If you are so inclined, this is your opportunity to fire an M 16 or an AK-47.  All you need is a $1 a bullet and some borrowed ear protection.  Here you will also find an abandoned Huie helicopter and a knocked out M-48 tank

 


Back In Saigon
We could never forget the scenes back in 1975 during the evacuation of the then US Embassy as thousands of desperate South Vietnamese mobbed these gates hoping to escape the advancing communists

With the withdrawal of the Americans the building was turned over to Petro Vietnam the national oil company

 President Bill Clinton announced the end of the US embargo as we were about to leave Vietnam.  A year later following the restoration of diplomatic relations the former embassy property was returned to the Americans.   Tattered sandbags leftover from the final evacuation two decades earlier were still to be found on the rooftop

In July 1998 the US State Department decided to demolish the embassy to make way for a new consulate

 

 

Outdoor exhibits at the  "Exhibition House for Crimes of War and Aggression formerly the "Exhibition House for US and Puppet  Crimes"   In 1995,  in view of new improved relations with America the title became and remains the more politically correct    "War Remnants Museum"

I hear the exhibits are still as graphic and distressing as those we saw in 1994

 
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