Bunker Hill Hue
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Overlooking the Perfume River with a panoramic view over the plains that stretches towards the mountains in the west are a number of bunkers located just a few kilometers west of the city of Hue. There are different versions of when these bunkers were built and by whom.
The normal take would be that they were built during the French era, most likely after the end of WWII as the French built watchtowers and bunkers along roads and strategic crossroads. Bunkers like this are still spread around the country but are being torn down at a fast pace to make way for wider roads and housing. The general view though of these particular bunkers is that they were built by U.S. troops in order to block off the approach for NVA troops infiltrating from the Ashau valley towards Hue. If they are U.S. built then they would be quite unique as they normally did not built concrete bunkers. One reason for that was that U.S. wanted to avoid being seen as occupying Vietnam. Update: According to a MACV person that operated in the area, they referred to these bunkers as “The French bunkers”.
How to get there
The area is located in a small green area a few kilometers south west of Hue called Doi Vong Canh, in the same area there is also an old cemetary. It’s located on the east side of the river where it has turned south, just 200 meters from the Tu Duc tomb.
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