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VC BIKE TET OFFENSIVE 

VC BIKE 

   One of the most widely used and effective military vehicles is the bicycle.  Swift, silent and inconspicuous, bikes were first used in 1875 by the Italian army, but really came into their own in Vietnam.

Bikes moving supplies

   Needing only a path and using no gas, they were ideal for jungle transport.  The Vietnamese victory over the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 was made possible by an uninterrupted flow of supplies from the north, maintained by a complex system of about 18,000 porters using bicycles modified to carry 500 pounds of rice and ammunition.

    History repeated itself during the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, as thousands of bicycle porters marched along the Ho Chi Minh Trail to support the Vietcong.  In the end, not even the modern weaponry could stop the old, reliable bicycle.

Bikes on Ho Chi Minh trail

   The French-made North Vietnamese bicycle displayed in the museum was captured at a base camp at LZ Phillips, Cambodia.  The enemy was routed from the camp by the 4th Infantry Division in 1970.  

   This bike, along with 11 other bikes, were loaded with dozens of new fatigue uniforms, 250 pair of Ho Chi Minh sandals, 300 ponchos, 100 pistol belts and eight 100 pound bags of rice with 40 cooking pots and 50 aluminum mess kits.

Bikes carrying supplies
 

 

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