About Cuchi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam
Few sites can showcase the Vietnamese attitude like those historic Cu Chi Tunnels, once used by as many as 80000 residents during the American War. Modern-day Cu Chi doesn’t offer too many traces of the bloodshed and destruction that the place during the war, but you can still see how life was during the war by going underground.
The Most Bombed, Shelled and Gassed Area in the History of Warfare
The tunnel network became a legend for its role in the 1960s, when it was used to facilitate VC control over an area of 30 to 40 kms. At its peak, the underground system actually stretched from the Cambodian border to the South Vietnamese capital and was full of storage facilities, weapon factories, living areas, trapdoors, command centers, kitchens and field hospitals. These tunnels were used for communication by trapped enclaves of VC-controlled areas that were isolated from each other by American land and air operations during the war. They were also used to mount surprise attacks. T
he Cu Chi tunnels are the best examples of a vast network of ancient tunnels that covered a significant area of Vietnam. Apart from offering insights into the resilience of the Vietnamese people, these tunnels also show how people survived in the country during the war, offering a different perspective to the war than what is usually shown in the West.