Tỉnh Quảng Trị

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  • Day47

    Khe Sanh Base & the DMZ

    July 20 in Vietnam

    Last night, I went to a local hangout called the DMZ Bar. The ceiling was the map of the Khe Sanh area (the Demilitarized Zone DMZ), and they had the coolest ceiling fan ever: the helicopter marking the location of the air strip. I met some Kiwi and Aussie expats and had a really nice time.

    Today, I'm on an organized tour of the DMZ. We stopped for a picture of the Rockpile. There's only a flag pole on top now, but it was a US radio Outpost for several years. Next was the beginning of one of many Ho Chi Minh Trails, which is now a two-lane highway.

    We just left the remains of Khe Sanh Base. There are a couple of Army helicopters, an Air Force C-130, some recreated bunkers, and a museum dedicated to the might of the North's Liberation Army (Viet Com) and the desperation of the South Vietnamese Army and the US. Most of the pictures of the US men were of them either running towards airlift in an attempt to escape or squatting in bunkers of trenches in fear of the mighty LA. There's one display of seismic intrusion detectors that are labeled US electronic spying devices. I guess the military museums in the US are the same way, but it's still weird.

    Now we're on to lunch, then a 1.5-kilometer-long tunnel used as shelter from the US bombing raids and defoliation efforts.

    Out for now. ✌️
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  • Day59


    March 2 in Vietnam

    Was ich sehen durfte, traute ich meinen Augen kaum.
    Ein komplettes Dorf auf 3 Etagen von 10 - 23 tiefe unter der Erde !
    Nachdem Vinh Moc im Krieg bombardiert worden war und kein Haus mehr davon übrig blieb, schufen hunderte Menschen ein ausgeklügeltes Tunnelsystem mit Schlafstätten, Waschräume, Kommandozentrale, ja sogar ein Krankenhaus und Gebärstation, wo 17 babys auf die Welt kamen.
    Auf dem 1. Bild ist ein nachbau von den Village im Modelgrösse zu sehen. Kann aber heute auch jeder die Tunnel selbst besichtigen.
    Eine absolute Meisterarbeit, wobei das nicht aus Spaß enstand, sondern vielmehr der Kampf ums überleben.
    Die Anlage wurde 1976 von den vietnamesischen Ministerium als historsch gelistet. Zu kriegszeiten lebten über mehrere Monate bis zu 500 Menschen darin. WAHNSINN !
    Und der Plan funktionierte! Die Amerikanischen Bomberpiloten flogen über das Chinesische Meer nach Vietnam. Sahen keinen ( Feind ) und machten wieder kehrt.
    Die Tunnel haben 17 Eingänge, sind knapp 3 km lang, ca. 1.60 - 1.70 hoch, schmal und haben auf 23 meter tiefe einen direkten unauffälligen Ausgang am Meer.
    Momentan befinde ich mich in einen kleinen Bergdorf Zentral Vietnams mit einer malerischen Aussicht 🤗🌝
    Ihr wollt mehr? Dann schaut wieder vorbei... ✌
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  • Day15

    Long Hung Church

    September 4 in Vietnam

    First stop was Long Hung Church.

    The church in Quang Tri fell victim to 8 continuous days of bombings by South Vietnamese and American troops during the Vietnam War. The church has remained untouched and basically remains as it was immediately after the bombings occurred.

  • Day15

    Vinh Moc Tunnels

    September 4 in Vietnam

    Last stop was the Vinh Moc tunnels. Our guide through the tunnels grandparents helped build the tunnel complex and lived in these tunnels, the family still live in the Vinh Moc village.

    During the Vietnam War it was strategically located on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The tunnels were built to shelter people from the intense bombing of Son Trung and Son Ha communes in Vinh Linh county of Quảng Trị Province in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone.

    The American forces believed the villagers of Vinh Moc were supplying food and armaments to the North Vietnamese garrison on the island of Con Co which was in turn hindering the American bombers on their way to bomb Hanoi. The idea was to force the villagers of Vinh Moc to leave the area but as is typical in Vietnam there was nowhere else to go.

    The villagers initially dug the tunnels to move their village 10 metres underground but the American forces designed bombs that burrowed down 10 metres.

    Eventually, against the odds the villagers moved the village to a depth of 30 metres. It was constructed in several stages beginning in 1966 and used until early 1972. The complex grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and spaces for healthcare.

    Around sixty families lived in the tunnels and 17 children were born inside the tunnels.

    The tunnels were a success and no villagers lost their lives. The only direct hit was from a bomb that failed to explode the resulting hole was utilized as a ventilation shaft.

    Three levels of tunnels were eventually built.
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  • Day15

    Highway of Horror

    September 4 in Vietnam

    There was only one exit out of the local war battles and that was National Highway No. 1. On this day, the local militia fled the city and abandoned their posts. Thousands of innocent people who had also been abandoned found their escape in the same line as soldiers.

    Unfortunately, the bridge Truong Phuoc in front of them had been blown up. And the bridge Ben Da behind them had also been knocked down by the VC. Finally, countless amount of shells and mortars exploded right on the civilians' heads.

    A CNN reporter who was there 60 days after the bombs dropped named this area as "THE STREET OF HORROR" because of what he saw. I am not going to go into any detail as I do not feel that it is necessary.
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  • Day15

    The Rockpile and Firebase Fuller

    September 4 in Vietnam

    We stopped by the roadside to learn the importance of both The Rockpile and Firebase Fuller.

    The Rockpile and known in Vietnamese as Thon Khe Tri, is a solitary karst rock outcropping north of Route 9 and south of the former Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. Its relatively inaccessible location, reached only by helicopter, made it an important United States Army and Marine Corps observation post and artillery base from 1966 to 1969.

    Firebase Fuller also known as Dong Ha Mountain or Hill 549 is a former U.S. Marine Corps, Army and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) firebase in central Vietnam.
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  • Day15

    Khe Sanh Combat Base

    September 4 in Vietnam

    Next we visited the Khe Sanh Combat base the planes, helicopter's and some artillery where left when the Americans pulled out.

    Khe Sanh Combat Base was a United States Marine Corps outpost south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) used during the Vietnam War.

    This is the site of the most famous siege of the American War, the USA’s Khe Sanh Combat Base was never overrun, but saw the bloodiest battle of the war. About 500 Americans, 10,000 North Vietnamese troops and uncounted civilian bystanders died around this remote highland base.

    The 75-day siege of Khe Sanh began on 21 January 1968 with a small-scale assault on the base’s perimeter. As the marines and South Vietnamese rangers braced for a fullscale ground attack, Khe Sanh became the focus of global media attention. It was the cover story for both Newsweek and Life magazines, and made the front pages of countless newspapers around the world. During the next two months the base was subjected to continuous ground attacks and artillery fire, and US aircraft dropped 100,000 tonnes of explosives in its vicinity.

    But the expected attempt to overrun the base never came.

    On 7 April 1968, after heavy fighting, US troops reopened Hwy 9 and linked up with the marines, ending the siege.

    It now seems clear that the siege was an enormous diversion to draw US attention away from the South Vietnamese population centres in preparation for the Tet Offensive, which began a week after the siege started and resulted in the North Vietnamese winning significant ground right around South Vietnam.
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  • Day15

    Dakrong Bridge Vietnam

    September 4 in Vietnam

    The current Dakrong Bridge was built in 1975 after reunification. Just west of the main DMZ zone, the bridge was considered the beginning of the Ho Chi Minh Trail network and during the years of conflict with the United States, this access point was hotly contested. The Dakrong Bridge fell many times.

    On the edge of the bridge the HCM trail is marked.

    The Ho Chi Minh Trail is a concept, not a road. The trail was a vast network, spread across hundreds of miles of terrain extending far into the interior of Laos, a broad avenue of hundreds of kilometres of trails that brought supplies to North Vietnamese troops, usually on the backs of porters or with giant loads precariously perched on overlaid bicycles. You might call it "the path of least resistance," or the "road less bombed or occupied," really. The trail starts in Quang Tri Province, basically anything from the Dakrong Bridge south.Read more

  • Day15

    Hien Luong Bridge and Museum

    September 4 in Vietnam

    I mentioned it was a long day so much to see and learn about and we are still learning.

    The Hien Luong Bridge is a bridge across the Ben Hai river, which was part of the border between North and South Vietnam from 1954 until the reunification in 1976. The bridge is an important national monument to the reunification of Vietnam.

    The bridge is now just a pedestrian bridge. You can walk across the old bridge over the entire length 165 metres. We did not walk across as it was quite hot today.

    We then visited the museum which is near the bridge which houses propaganda war remnants and two memorials.
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  • Day15

    Vinh Moc Tunnels

    September 4 in Vietnam

    Vinh Moc tunnels are less claustrophobic than the tunnels of Cu Chi. This is because the climate of the area is not so damp so the tunnel corridors are higher 0.9 metres wide and 1.8 metres high, allowing you to walk almost straight up for the greater part of the journey. The main corridor is 780 meters long and has been reinforced with wood.

    We were very surprised when we came out of the tunnels to see that we were on the beach.Read more

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Tỉnh Quảng Trị, Tinh Quang Tri

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