Russian Anti-Aircraft Gun From the Vietnam War, In Luang Prabang, Laos.

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.

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An intact version of the Russian anti-aircraft gun.

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.

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A view from the other side of the gun, showing the same features as the intact one above.

It had been hauled up Phou Si Mountain and it would have had a formidable field of fire during the Vietnam War.

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A view over Luang Prabang and the Mekong river from the top of the mountain

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A view over the mountains from the same spot on Phou Si Mountain.

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.

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Luang Prabang Airport from Phou Si Mountain

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.

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Russian characters stamped on the gun.

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A view down the front of the gun mount.

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For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War the Khmer Rouge and backpackers trekking into the war-ravaged jungles of Asia, see also: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/

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