: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender
of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945
528 pages Reprint edition (September 1998) Touchstone Books;
Dimensions (in inches): 1.50 x 9.25 x 6.07
Rat Holes –
The Tunnel Fighters of Vietnam
Tom Mangold , John Penycate
There was another kind of war fought in Vietnam,
one that took place largely out of sight, in the stinking, vermin-infested
tunnels beneath the earth. These battles were not fought with tanks
and bombs, but by a handful of courageous individuals who used pistols,
knives and their own bare hands to bring the war to a dug-in and
determined enemy. This is the riveting story of those American Special
Forces, the "Tunnel Rats," and of their struggle to locate,
explore and clear more than 200 miles of tunnels created by VC guerrillas
in the Cu Chi region outside of Saigon. Drawing heavily upon the
heart-stopping eyewitness accounts of both surviving Americans and
their former Viet Cong counterparts, nearly every page of this book
brings chilling new information about the tunnels, from their initial
construction to their elaborate and ingenious defenses, including
the use of snakes, spiders and other venomous animals. The Tunnels
of Cu Chi also takes a hard look at how the tunnel rats fought both
the stubborn VC enemy and their own very genuine fears. Full of
nail-biting excitement, this book is a must for anyone interested
in this too-long overlooked aspect of the Vietnam War.
39 photos, 4 maps. 320 pages.
"One day a tunnel rat. . . 'entered a tunnel.
Suddenly his head touched something like a; big salami; he reached
out to push it away, but this long cold thing wound round his neck.
He had no time to scream or unsheathe his knife, the snake had already
knotted tighter around his neck and badly bit his face. Outside,
the other tunnel rats waited for their comrade. At last, the team
leader pushed one of them into the tunnel. This man emerged soon
after, panting and pale, dragging after him the violet-colored v
corpse of the tunnel rat. "
-Nguyen Khac teen, AR VN officer;
"In the Cu Chi tunnels, the VC used to take
boxes of scorpions with a tripwire that was a booby trap. You tripped
the wire, the box would open, and the scorpions would come into
the tunnel. One of my men got stung; he came out screaming and never
went back in another tunnel."
-Lt. Jack Flowers