The house belongs to Nguyen Van Tron. The 55-years-old said the tunnel system stored weapons used by North Vietnamese troops and served as hideout for National Liberation Front guerrillas beneath Saigon, renamed Ho Chi Minh City after the war’s end in 1975. The tunnel is about a meter high and soldiers had to crouch to move along it. It was dug by Tron and his comrades during 1955 and took over 10 years to complete. The tunnel is 30 meters long, leading from the garden to inside the house. Its walls are covered in clay mixed with highly durable laterite able to withstand the destructive force of light bombardment. At the end of the tunnel lies a three meter square secret vault for soldiers and weapons. Here, Tran Hai Phung, commander of the Saigon-Gia Dinh Military Region, took shelter between 1967 and 1968 ahead of the Tet Offensive. The latter was launched on January 30, the first day of Vietnam’s Lunar New Year in 1968, and saw over 80,000 soldiers from the north and Vietnam National Liberation Front (NLF) launch surprise attacks on more than 100 cities and outposts throughout southern Vietnam. Tron exits the tunnel right next to the… Read full this story
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