Two Unusual Photos of Unexploded Ordnance from the Vietnam War.
Above Photo: A US soldier finds a large, unexploded aeroplane bomb in the jungle during the Vietnam War.
I was interested recently to come across two unusual photographs of unexploded bombs (UXO) in the jungle during the Vietnam War. I’m more used to seeing them in the modern day, on many research trips into the jungles of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in connection with my novel BACK, where UXO is especially relevant to the modern-day backpacker plot.
The above photo shows a soldier who’s posing next to a very large (2,000lb?) bomb which has failed to go off after embedding nose first into the ground.
The second photo is another wartime photo, but this time of Viet Cong soldiers retrieving an unexploded US bomb in the jungle and taking it back to camp, slung under bamboo poles and secured with ropes made out of jungle vines.
The VC usually emptied out the gunpowder to make booby traps and mines. Then they’d booby trap jungle trails and rice paddies, hoping unsuspecting American soldiers would be killed or maimed by them, which of course happened all too frequently.
For the Viet Cong, the estimated 30% of American bombs dropped on the jungle during the Vietnam War that failed to explode, was a massive munitions boost for their war effort.
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.
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