The Viet Cong’s Home-Made Weapons.
Above Photo: a Viet Cong home-made hand grenade, brought back from the Vietnam War (Unattributed, flikr).
‘Asymmetrical warfare’ often describes the fight between the North Vietnamese Army and the vastly more technologically-advanced US forces in Vietnam. This is especially true of the Viet Cong’s fighting materials.
During research for my novel BACK, I was fascinated to learn how resourceful the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army were in using whatever was to hand in their fight against the US, whether it was bamboo, animals, captured or unexploded mines and bombs, or even home-made guns and grenades.
I recently saw the below short – 16 minute – video (link below). It’s a North Vietnamese propaganda film, but it shows some amazing footage.
Included in the video is “the VC’s Pentagon” a whole military and administrative centre including radio operators, printing presses and typists, hidden on boats, as well as sobering footage of four US POWs who had been captured in a VC attack on a base not far from Saigon. I have not been able to find out what happened to them.
By the time the video was shot, they had been held in captivity for FIFTEEN MONTHS, being moved around the jungle to avoid rescue.
Other interesting footage in the video is of crossbows, spikes, spear launchers, punji traps and some awful looking thing called a porcupine, which could sweep a whole squad of soldiers off a trail (@ 1 – 3.30 mns in).
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:
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