Second Indochina War (The Resistance War Against America, a.k.a Vietnam War):
• A Vietcong troop squats beside presumably the exit to a tunnel.
• ANZAC and U.S troops entering and exiting the caves.
The Vietcong utilized tunnels as stations for hiding, gathering, planing, sleeping and as hospitals. Enemy troops known as “Tunnel Rats” would infiltrate these tunnels undergoing stealth search and destroy missions. 🇻🇳🇺🇸🇦🇺🇳🇿
In the Second Indochina War U.S, ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) and South Vietnam infantrymen and combat engineers of smaller build would volunteer to undergo covert search in destroy missions by infiltrating enemy tunnels. The official-unofficial name for these soldiers became “Tunnel Rats”. They would be equipped with either an M1911 pistol or M1917 revolver, a flashlight, a few explosives and a knife. The .45 caliber round of these pistols were deafening in closed quarters so many preferred the .38 caliber special revolver with a suppressor. Some troops would prefer personal weapons such as sawed-off shotguns and .25 automatic weapons. The aim for was to capture intel, and killing or capturing Vietcong troops within them, in close quarters, stealth combat. Two troops were sent, one to gather intel, the other to voice in radio information to map the tunnels. C4 were placed on weak points to later destroy the tunnels.
During the First Indochina War, Viet Minh troops faced the French colonial forces and created tunnels for protection, planning and hiding. They were then picked up by the Vietcong, which highly improved them and used as medical bays, training areas, headquarters, and temporary living quarters. The sophisticated ventilation systems allowed the guerrilla troops to remain hidden for months at a time right under enemy noses. They helped guerrilla forces launch sneak attacks, hide during US bombings, and set up booby traps for enemy troops. (1/2)
They fought a war, their country didn’t want them in. They were spit on and told they were baby killers. A podcast I listen showed me just how wretched it was over there. The life expectancy for so small for them. Respect these Men, some came back with no limps. Those that came back unscathed took hits mentally. Thank these Men when you see them, they deserve it more than you will ever know. #veitnam#vetlivesmatter#veterans