Before Beginning a Search of a Viet Cong Bunker System
Section Commander Corporal Joe Danyluk of NSW (right) and Private Dick Bligh of Qld, of B Company 8RAR, ‘take five’ before beginning their search of a Viet Cong bunker system in the Long Hai mountains during Operation Hamersley, February 1970. Once inside the tunnels, the Australians encountered a range of defences; lethal panji stakes, spiders, centipedes, snakes, hornets, bats, fire ants and bees were all used by the Viet Cong to kill or injure intruders. Snakes were hidden in bamboo tubes and tied to pieces of wire on the tunnel ceiling, waiting to be knocked out of the tube by the larger American or Australian tunnel ‘rats’. In the Cu Chi tunnels the VC used to take boxes of scorpions with a tripwire and that was a booby trap. You tripped the wire, the box would open and the scorpions would come into the tunnel.