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Tunnels of Vietnam

 

During the Indochina war, then the Vietnam war, Viet-minh and Viet-cong fighters dug gigantic subterranean networks under Vietnamese villages and jungle. These war tunnels were used as shelter for fighters, protecting them from bombardments, enabling them to escape from mopping-up operations, to move secretly and to counter attack where they were not expected. So, at the time of the Têt offensive, the attack on Saigon started from the famous Cu Chi tunnels, set about 40 kilometres north of Saigon. Elsewhere, north of DMZ in the region of Cap Lay, Vietnamese people have dug village underground refuges in order to protect civilian population, fighters and storages of weapons and ammunition.

 

 

 


Disused tunnel


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Firing aperture


Communication tunnel


Rehabilitation


Rehabilitation


Bamboo basket


Paddy field


Hatch disguised


Hatch disguised


Hatch disguised


Hatch disguised


Connecting tunnel


Inside the tunnels


Disused entrance


Disused entrance


Disused tunnel


Tunnel under a hatch


Inside the tunnels


Connection between two levels


Connecting tunnel


Bomb shelter


Meeting room


Kitchen


Water well


Kitchen


Kitchen


Smoke vent


Amblypygid or Whip spider


Disused tunnel


Disguised by vegetation


Central gallery


Slope


Bomb shelter


Weapons storage room


Meeting room


Board


Room for refugees


Latrine


Water well


Seaside access

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