For arms, ammunition and special equipment, the Vietcong depended on the Ho Chi Minh trail.
Long nails or lengths of thin steel rods, hammered flat at the ends, filed into a barbed shape, then hammered through blocks of wood. The most basic trap. Very cheap to make and very common.
The spike board is used with a pit and consists of a treadle board, one end of which is spiked. When a man steps on the treadle, the spiked end flies up striking him in the face or chest. The side closing trap consists of two wooden slats, each studded with spikes, sliding along a pair of guide rods, and controlled by heavy rubber bands.
When the prop holding the slats apart is dislodged, the slats spring together impaling the portion of the body passing between them Door Trap: Two lengths of bamboo with the cross section heavily spiked and is suspended above the door or opening via a trip wire. When the wire is tripped the trap swings down impaling the victim.
The arrow trap is constructed of a length of bamboo fastened to a board. An arrow, powered by a strong rubber band passes through it. The rubber band is held in the extended position by a catch device triggered by a trip wire.
Mace traps take various forms, and may consist of a spiked concrete ball, drum, box or log suspended in a tree on the end of a rope, or cable.
When the trip wire is pulled, the mace swings down along the path striking anyone in its way. The tiger trap or deadfall consists of a weighted, spike-studded board. The actuation is usually by means of a trip wire stretched across the path or track underneath the trap.
Bamboo whips are constructed of a length of green bamboo with spikes normally bamboo attached to one end. The bamboo pole is bent and held in an arched position by a catch device triggered by a trip wire stretched across the track. When released, the bamboo pole whips back into the straight position impaling the person triggering the trap.
Consists of a rectangular frame work with overlapping barbs emplaced in a pit, on trails or a rice padi. Can be made from a metal container which is sunk into the ground until the top is flush and then covered with grass or leaf camouflage.
The barbs inflict injury especially when the victim attempts to withdraw his leg out of the trap. These are placed along likely paths of travel with a two stakes embedded on both sides of the creek or stream with the grenade tied to one and the safety pin partially removed from the striker lever and tied by trip wire to the other stake.
Two cans are tied to trees either side of the track with the delay train and safety pins are removed and slide into the cans holding the striker levers in position. A trip wire is tied to both grenades. A section of pipe, bamboo barrel or hole in timber with a tack nailed through the base upon which sits the cartridge with the round slightly above ground level.
Types of markers indicating the location of a booby trap. Often used as pointers by the VC, indicating direction and distance to booby trap.They were below ground, in the countryside, in which the communists could live and hide. They catered for the needs of the Vietcong: weapon stores, sleeping quarters, kitchens & hospitals.
They were difficult to find They were booby trapped and trip wired at the entrance and throughout the tunnel. The Vietcong The Vietnamese Communists, or Vietcong, were the military branch of the National Liberation Front (NLF), and were commanded by the Central Office for South Vietnam, which was located near the Cambodian border.
For arms, ammunition and special equipment, the Vietcong depended on the Ho Chi Minh trail. To combat these guerrilla tactics, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces trained soldiers known as “tunnel rats” to navigate the tunnels in order to detect booby traps and enemy troop presence.
Now part of a Vietnam War memorial park in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the Cu Chi tunnels have become a popular tourist attraction. NLF and PAVN battle tactics comprised a flexible mix of guerrilla and conventional warfare battle tactics used by the Main Force of the People's Liberation Armed Forces (known as the National Liberation Front or Viet Cong in the West) and the NVA (People's Army-Vietnam) to defeat their U.S.
and South Vietnamese (GVN/ARVN) opponents during the Vietnam War. So I would say not only were the traps effective physically, they were also devastating psychological weapons, having to not only endure the stress of the hump but also seeing your buddies die around you, and the paranoia of walking in the jungle.
Vietcong and American tactics The Vietcong's tactics They fought a guerrilla war [ Guerrilla war: A type of warfare that uses unusual tactics, and in-depth knowledge of local surroundings, to defeat opponents both physically and psychologically.
], ambushing US patrols, setting booby traps and landmines, and planting bombs in towns.