Russian Anti-Aircraft Gun From the Vietnam War, In Luang Prabang, Laos.
Above Photo: The remains of the Russian-made ZU-23-2 a 23mm anti-aircraft gun overlooking Luang Prabang, Laos.
When I was in Luang Prabang recently, I came across the remains of a Russian anti-aircraft gun from the Secret War in Laos, which would have been operated by the North Vietnamese Army or their Laotian allies, the communist Pathet Lao.
It had been hauled up Phou Si Mountain and it would have had a formidable field of fire during the Vietnam War.
It would also have protected the old Luang Prabang airstrip, within sight of the summit of the mountain, which is probably why it was put there in the first place.
There were still some Russian symbols visible on the gun, showing it was Russian and not Chinese, as both countries were arming the North Vietnamese Army at that time.
See the trailer for 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.
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