Unexploded Ordnance along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, from the Vietnam War.
UXO Lao dispose of more deadly weaponry – unexploded 500lb, 750lb and 2,000lb Vietnam War airplane bombs.
My novel BACK follows a group of British and American backpackers who encounter relics from the Vietnam War as they trek beneath the dark, triple canopy jungle in Laos along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
One danger they have to confront is unexploded ordnance, which still occurs all over Laos, but which is especially concentrated along the Ho Chi Minh Trail as its many tracks and trails wound through modern-day Laos along the border with Vietnam.
Of course, UXO isn’t the only, or even the most deadly, hangover from the Vietnam War to confront my backpackers, but as regular readers of this site, and of BACK will know, it is an ever-present danger and something that always needs to be borne in mind when trekking through the jungle or going off the beaten track in the wilds of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
It will take decades or even centuries to clear, and even then some of the 80 million items of unexploded ordance which were dropped during the Vietnam War on Laos will no doubt remain, deadly and lurking, in the soil.
Our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil.
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
© Peter Alan Lloyd
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