Vietname: Remnants of War
Evans, George, Contemporary Review
THE Vietnam war, better known to the Vietnamese as 'the American war' has, like the earlier long-drawn out struggle against French colonial rule, left deep scars on the face of a country now at peace and at ease with its former enemies. Remembrance of wars past is deeply rooted in the minds of the Vietnamese people. The fight for independence during the past century is commemorated throughout the land by war memorials and museums displaying what are now known as the remnants of war.
Bomb craters and fragments of bombs dropped by American B52s have been carefully preserved and put on show along with crippled battle tanks, howitzers and, here and there, a helicopter or war plane captured from or abandoned by the Americans or their South Vietnamese allies when the war ended.
The Cu Chi tunnels, forty miles north-west of Saigon, are preserved as a national monument to the Viet Cong guerrillas who waged subterranean war against the French, Americans and their own dissidents from 1940 onwards. The network …
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Publication information: Article title: Vietname: Remnants of War. Contributors: Evans, George - Author. Magazine title: Contemporary Review. Volume: 282. Issue: 1644 Publication date: January 2003. Page number: 24+. © 1999 Contemporary Review Company Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.