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Pitfall trap with punji sticks, Cu-Chi Tunnels, near Saigon, Vietnam | by inyathi
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Pitfall trap with punji sticks, Cu-Chi Tunnels, near Saigon, Vietnam

Traps like this would have been originally devised to catch animals like deer or wild boar, however, during the Vietnam War the Viet Cong used them to trap US soldiers. When a soldier steps on the lid covering the trap, it seesaws tipping them in, they might not be killed but they would likely be badly injured, and the punji sticks would often be smeared with excrement intended to cause infection.

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Taken on July 29, 2001