Vinh Moc tunnel – The land of fire

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2005

To date, many domestic and foreign tourists visited the Vinh Moc tunnel, typical history in-place against American of Quang Tri. Those who come here with a purpose: to witness, understand the magic of the Vietnam’s people …

 

Vinh Moc tunnel - The land of fire

From Cua Tung beach, go north approximately 7km to the Vinh Moc tunnels. The road goes into plastic relic small, flat, weaving among the pine trees untouched. Our right side is wavy blue sea, the wind cool tree in the face. About 30 km from shore, Con Co island appears as a blue dot in the sky …

To Vinh Moc, my first impression is a low basalt hill land, covered by green bamboo… The way is less than 2 m in tunnel area is paved with blue split stone, winding along the trenches seemed intact. And there are still large bomb craters, evidence of a fierce fire bombs; the dry wells to bring the goods, fast food on the tunnel, a series of bombs all kinds on display near the door going down to visit site tunnel…

Vinh Moc tunnel - The land of fire

Go to the tunnel area, I was down level by level to visit the first floor. This ground floor from 8-12 m. High tunnels from 1.6 m to 1.9 m in width from 0.9 m-1.2 m. Hand pressure on the tunnel basalt feel smooth, cool. Much of the tunnel ceiling colored green moss. Looks up at the tunnel ceiling flat, solid ground we are assured that even first time going into the ground with a flashlight small detector. Down as deep as stuffy air, cool breeze blowing by the door into the tunnel from the sea. Just over 10 meters, then turn back tunnel tunnel horizontal, vertical, up and down the Z-shaped It is said that there is a way to prevent bombs enter. Both sides of the tunnel density apartments. Talk to the apartment, but really just holes cut into the earth to have enough room for 2-4 people from the shelter rather narrow. Main floor is where the combat and temporary shelter. Second floor from 12-15m deep, is inhabited by villagers. 3rd floor is where the depth of about 23m drug transshipment, food and weapons into the sea to bring up the resupply ship for the team at Con Co island. This three floor connected to each other by 780 m long main tunnel. In the basement hall also contains about 60 people (meeting place, watching movies), wells, homes, station operations, rice warehouses and stations put the phone … The magic is in the ground of this, 17 children were born in the days of fierce war from 1965-1972. Where the tunnel is not only a place to fight but a place for survival.

Vinh Moc tunnel - The land of fire

System of tunnels in Vinh Linh, Vinh Moc by 140 border soldiers and Vinh Moc’s villagers, Son Ha started dig in 1965. Tunnel is located on a hill close to the edge of the sea in the southern village of Vinh Moc, high about 30 m , wider 7ha. System of tunnels with total length of 1701 m with 13 doors (seven doors to the sea, six doors up the hill). In the process of implementing the Tunnel, Vinh Moc’s military has transported more than 6.000m3 land the sea ice to remove the mark, contributing nearly 18,000 days to complete. Begin with a drawing on paper, estimate measurements on the ground. Then about 50 meters of the soldiers and farmers digging a well. A team from 4-5 down to a depth of wells was determined. From the bottom of wells, they dug into the tunnel toward each other …

Vinh Moc tunnel - The land of fire

Vinh Moc Tunnels demonstrates the will “an inch not away, an inch not leaving” of the army and people of Vinh Linh district since 1965 -1972, despite the USA. imperialists to invade the devastating invasion. Thanks to Vinh Moc tunnel system (and many other tunnels), army and people of Vinh Linh was unyielding on the ground to move from living in the ground to continue fighting and protecting the homeland, supplies to the island of Con Co- an island is strategically located to keep the in Vinh Linh territorial waters( away Vinh Moc 28 km). Ministry of Culture – Information in 1976 was recognized as Vinh Moc Tunnels as national heritage and included in the list of monuments worthy of special importance of historic magnitude of this project.

Vinh Moc tunnel - The land of fire

Every year, at the Vinh Moc tunnels, many international delegations, veterans and youths to visit Vietnam. We speak of a deposition veterans when go to the tunnel: “Not to Vinh Moc tunnel, not to the” Land of Fire “! War has receded, but several generations and abroad have been and will continue to remember to watch firsthand an underground works shown will to fight tenacious, unyielding, and intellectual eternal life aspirations of the people of Vietnam.

Vinh Moc tunnel - The land of fire

Vinh Moc tunnel - The land of fire

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