Today we toured the War Remnants Museum, and to say it was a chilling experience is an understatement.
We eased into the museum by starting with the recovered kings of the battlefield, aka tanks, missle bombers, helicopters, and fighter planes. Each is accompanied by a description of how many the U.S. deployed in Vietnam, and their destruction profile, such as destruction radius, depth, max distance, etc. as well as the type of bullet, gas, flame thrower, among others, used.
The stats are alarming. The self-propelling tank itself run over a home (well, it looks like it could) and had a firing range of over 30k meters that could damage upward of 520 meters (radius)…
To be honest, I didn’t have a solid understanding of the Vietnam War, and am blown away at the horrifying stories. The darkest part of the tour was learning about the torture chambers.
I had to leave this section after awhile, I felt like I couldn’t breath. Learning the extreme ways people were tortured in the most inhuman, sadistic ways made me sick. I won’t go into detail on the”methods of torture.” The museum houses multiple replicas with manikin humans inside of the infamous “tiger cages,” and other terrible holding cells. A little too realistic for me, but informative.
On a more positive note, they do a wonderful job of highlighting the admirable dedication people across the globe to remove up unexploded bombs, and clean up the countryside. The MAG (Mines Advisory Group) has removed and destroyed 300,481 unexplained ordnance items to date, covering and making over 53 millions square meters of land safe.
Once we left, we both felt relieved and walked to grab some food to clear our heads of the horrors of warfare. Banh Mi to be specific. :- )
Tomorrow, we are going on a tour that unveils the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels associated with the war.