Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN INDOCHINA ADVENTURE
PAGE 34: CU CHI TUNNELS II
Shooting Range and Man-Traps
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Our first stop after
surviving the tunnel crawl was the National Defence Sports Shooting Range.
There were a variety of American, Soviet, Chinese and Vietnamese guns on
display. For the price of about $10 the would-be marksman could choose
to fire ten rounds from an M16, AK-47 or a machine gun -- an M60, I believe.
On the recommendation of Mr Hai Bill chose the machine gun. Everyone near
the firearms was issued ear protection. While Sue-On snapped photos, Bill
took aim and expertly kicked up dust all around the target -- the target
escaped without injury.
Villagers had long used a variety
of traps to capture wild boars or as a defence against marauding tigers.
During conflict such traps were adapted to protect the tunnels and villages
from enemy soldiers. These hidden booby traps were designed to impale the
unfortunate enemy with their spikes and claws and very often to make it
difficult for the injured person to be moved to safety and treatment without
taking the whole trap with them. The Viet Cong were very skilled in hiding
these deadly traps in unexpected places -- certainly demoralizing weapons
that that did much in hindering the advance of the enemy.
The Booby Traps were all displayed
in a row in front of a mural showing their entrapped victims. Uniformed
attendants used bamboo poles to demonstrate the triggering of the traps.
Descriptive names were assigned to each of these man-traps: Sticking Trap
~ Clipping Armpit Trap ~ Rolling Trap ~ Window Trap ~ Folding Chair Trap
~ Swinging Up Trap ~ Fish Trap ~ SeeSaw Trap.
Mr. Hai pointed out a many-pronged
trap that he nicknamed the Durian Trap. This many-spiked metal sphere would
be dropped from the trees upon an unwitting prey below. He also demonstrated
a door trap. This would be triggered by opening a door. A heavy framework
with spikes would swing into the doorway, empaling the victim in the groin.
Entering the National Defence Sports Shooting Range
Bill waits at the target area while Sue-On pays for
machine gun rounds
Bill's deadly aim peppers the target area while
the amazed attendant looks on.
Various displays of heavy and cluster bombs, aratillery shells,
rifles, and photos.
The Booby Traps were all displayed in a row in front
of a mural showing their entrapped victims.
Uniformed attendants used bamboo poles to demonstrate
the triggering of the traps.
Mr. Hai as no luck convincing someone to help him
demonstrate the Door and Durian Traps.
The Trap Master was more than willing to have his photo taken.
See more photos in the Annex
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