What is a tunnel rat in Vietnam?

The tunnel rats were American, Australian, New Zealander, and South Vietnamese soldiers who performed underground search and destroy missions during the Vietnam War. Later, similar teams were used by the Soviet Army during the Soviet–Afghan War and by the Israel Defense Forces in campaigns in the Middle East.

How many tunnel rats were killed in Vietnam?

Imagine been alone down there, a million miles from home during those crazy 10,000 days in Vietnam. That both sets of men had to endure this life is appalling. There were never more than 100 Tunnel Rats in country at any one time and around 700 in total. There were 36 killed and 200 wounded.

What did the tunnel rats do?

”The Tunnel Rats were combat engineers,” Mangold says. ”They had to be small and thin, volunteers, and highly skilled at hand-to-hand combat. The job was to kill, capture or entomb Viet Cong with explosives. The favored weapon was a small-caliber revolver.

How many enemy died in Vietnam?

Total number of deaths

Low estimate of deaths Middle estimate of deaths
North Vietnam/Viet Cong military and civilian war dead 533,000 1,062,000
South Vietnam/U.S./South Korea war military and civilian war dead 429,000 741,000
Democide by North Vietnam/Viet Cong 131,000 214,000
Democide by South Vietnam 57,000 89,000
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