Day 140

Crossing the road in Ho Chi Minh City.


Happy and smiling, at the moment. What have I let myself in for ?


Nerves are beginning to show, i’am trying to control the traffic.


Very cautious look towards to the traffic.


Relief nearly beginning to breakthrough in my facial expressions that the ordeal is nearly over. Think I should get a t-shirt “I crossed a road in Ho Chi Minh City and survived” !


Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum – sobering day in Ho Chi Minh City.


Cu Chi Tunnels.


Map of Cu Chi Tunnels complex.


Booby trap door concealing deadly pit.


Here is the deadly pit under the trap door, large spikes.


This hole in a mound of earth is a ventilation shaft for the tunnels.


A child in a tunnel entrance.



A US Army M41 “Walker Bulldog” light tank destroyed by a delay mine in 1970.


Rolling trap.


Conical trap.


Simple but deadly, frame with spikes used as part of a booby trap.


Display of defused unexploded US bombs and shells used during the Vietnam War. During the war the unexploded US bombs would be defused and the metal recycled to be used for various means by the Viet Cong against the US. 


Homemade bombs.


Jungle landscape.


A M144 155 mm Howitzer.


Sandals made by the Viet Cong from discarded vehicle tyres.


The basic raw material for the sandals.


Tree roots crossing a path in the jungle.


Dining bunker with wood fired stove with bench seats and table.


Smoke emitting from a camouflaged cooking exhaust.


Roof of an underground shelter made from natural resources.


Me about to demonstrate entering a secret tunnel with as much modesty as I can in a dress.


Managed to lower myself into the tunnel.


Ready with the entrance cover over my head.


Going down. Not alot of space to move my arms.


Nearly disappeared underground.


Just a few inches left.


Ok, i’ve had enough. Time to get out.


Lorna and I with mannequins depicting Viet Cong fighters.


Me at the entrance to one of the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are made up of 250 Kms tunnels below the city.


Me emerging from a Cu Chi Tunnel.


Think my facial expression at the relief of exiting the tunnel says it all.


The War Remnants Museum.


Entrance to the War Remnants Museum.


Anti-war posters on display in a exhibit room that also contains photos.


LIFE’s coverage of the Vietnam War was extremely graphic even before this edition January 25, 1963, publishing content which today would be to deemed to graphic and upsetting to print. LIFE publication covers are customary a horizontal one sheet image, this edition is extremely rare being a fold-out cover.


A photo of a serviceman in the exhibit room.


Some shocking statistics post-Vietnam War.


Some truly hard hitting statistics.


Probably the most iconic photo from the Vietnam War that has been used repeatedly in the media since the war, shows nine year old Phan Thi Kim Phuc running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by an American napalm attack in South Vietnam.


Left to right, a US Air Force Northrop F-5A, McDonnell Douglas A-1 Skyraider and Cessna A-37 Dragonfly aircraft.


A display of unexploded, made safe obviously, bombs of varying shapes and sizes dropped on Vietnam during the war.


On the left is a M144 155 mm Howitzer.


US Army Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter.


US Army Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) Helicopter.


M134 Minigun mounted inside US Army Bell UH-1.


Close up of the six-barreled M134 Minigun mounted inside US Army Bell UH-1.


Outside Independence Palace in Ho Chi Min City – us ladies like to pose for the camera.


Lorna blowing a kiss.


Me blowing a kiss.


Jane blowing a kiss.


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