During the Vietnam war the Cu Chi Tunnel system became legendary as it was used by the Viet Cong (VC) to gain control of a large area in the south. The tunnel system enabled the VC to even enter the US military base at Dong Du to steal weapons, food and ammunition and to shoot soldiers. The tunnels were constructed over many years beginning in 1940 and became a very effective tool for insurgency. The hard red earth around Cu Chi was ideal for tunnel construction.

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Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: The Viet Cong entered and left the tunnels through manholes like this. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: You need to be fairly small to fit in this hole. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: This is how the system worked. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: The holes were covered by leaves and very difficult to find. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: Booby traps were covered with leaves and very hard to spot. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: Step on the trap and it opens to send plunge the victim on to the spikes. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: Sharp and definitely deadly. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: Our guide, a veteran of the war, provides graphic descriptions of the military strategies. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: The tunnels operated at different levels up to three storeys deep. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: There were 250km of tunnels in the Cu Chi area alone. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: Abandoned American tank. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: This tank was captured and disabled by the Viet Cong. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam: View inside the rusted tank.
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