In this book, Mangold offers an extensive overview of the American soldiers who served as tunnel rats during the Vietnam War. Upon discovering miles of hidden underground tunnels, the U.S. Military needed specific volunteers to search and destroy these tunnels. The tunnels, which were an average of two feet high and three feet wide, needed to be explored my men who were not only small enough to fit through them, but brave enough to conquor the paralyzing fears of claustrophobia, darkness, booby traps, and of course, the enemy himself.
Mangold does a great job of exploring all angles of this little known topic. He explains the history of the tunnels, the ways in which they were used by the Viet Cong, techniques used by the U.S. Army to search and destory them, weapons used by the U.S. soldiers and the obstacles placed for them in the tunnels by the Viet Cong.
Concentrating not only on facts, Mangold also includes personal stories from both sides of this conflict giving the reader a well rounded knowledge of this piece of American history.
This report prepared by Jessica