fight the enemy with bees

During the resistance war against the US to save the country, the army and people of the Mekong Delta had to fight in harsh battle conditions, difficulties in equipment, weapons, ammunition ... In order to wage war. revolutionary, promoting the spirit of "self-help, self-help", this place has created many ways to fight the enemy, bearing the typical characteristics of the Mekong River region. Typical of which is fighting with the bees of guerrilla hero Nguyen Van Tu.Hero and martyr Nguyen Van Tu (aka Thanh Ngoc) was born in 1935 to a rich patriotic family in Tan Thanh Binh commune, Mo Cay district, Ben Tre province. Like many children of his homeland, Dong Khoi, he soon enlightened revolution, joined the guerrilla team to fight and defend the village.

As a guerrilla soldier operating in the area temporarily occupied by the enemy, surrounded by enemy posts, our armed forces are few, the guns are missing ... Nguyen Van Tu has promoted an independent and small way of fighting with weapons. rudimentary homemade. At times, the secret to take the evil soldiers alone, when arranging rafters, minefields, fighting against the enemy into the commune. With smart fighting style, he contributed to the dissipation of many enemy energies, causing them horrors and terrors. In particular, he created a way to fight the enemy with a wasp.

Stinging bees.

An introduction to the hero Nguyen Van Tu at the Museum of Military Region 9 - Photo of Vietnam Military Forces.

Bumblebees are one of many common bees in the Mekong Delta, often nesting on the ground (in the field or in the garden), on walls and in trees. This animal is living in groups, which are gentle but when threatened will become aggressive and dangerous. What is special about this species is that they can sting (sting) continuously, unlike honey bees sting (sting) once and then die. When sting enemies, in addition to venom injection, they also release a special substance as a signal to alert the "teammates" in the nearby team to pull to attack.

As a child of the Mekong River Delta region, where the habitat is suitable for wasps, Nguyen Van Tu knows very well about this bee so that it can "train" the bees to become an "army." "Fighting the enemy, making the enemy bewildered and terrified.

The method of catching and "training" bees has also been meticulously researched. First, kill the bee holding the door, get a piece of cloth over the honeycomb to cover the entire bee, then cut the branches to hang in the garden. To make the venom more venomous, comrades let them get used to eating dead rats and poisonous snakes. Around the hives, there is also a fake battleground consisting of many humanoid dolls dressed in perfume (American soldier costume and perfume), attacking the hives from afar with sticks, according to the wild reflex. bees will fly off in defense, burning dust bags into mannequins. Through many rehearsals, giving the bees a conditional reflex.

Stinging bees.
The hives of heroes and martyrs Nguyen Van Tu on display at the Military Zone 9 Museum - Photo of Vietnam Military Forces.

According to the "battle plan," Nguyen Van Tu sent an ambush army on either side of the road that the enemy often used to fly, combined with mines planted in groves and thorns in the water. When the enemy enters an ambush site, it will affect the hive from afar, reflexively "trained", the army of bees attacks the enemy. When being stung by bees, the enemy dived into the bushes, they got caught in landmines, jumped into the water in the rocks, the enemy was killed and we were still safe.
An Dinh Fort (Mo Cay) was one of the garrisons drawn by bees that prevented enemy soldiers from fleeing and fled. After 30 matches using wasps, Nguyen Van Tu killed and wounded 50 names, making the enemy extremely confused and scared, making them dare not to go out to the posts and raid like loot.

In addition to commanding and direct fighting, Nguyen Van Tu also actively communicates training experience to other comrades to quickly develop bees throughout the province. In 1961, the whole province of Ben Tre had more than 4,000 hives, each fence in the commune, hamlet has "army of bees" guarding and welcoming the enemy, alternating with bunkers, mines, pitfalls ... through the process of perseverance and practice, the pattern of fighting with wasps has become popular, systematically applied and resonates greatly, especially among the enemy, whenever listening to remind to the name of Nguyen Van Tu, they were all bewildered and frightened.

Stinging bees.
Simulation of honeycomb layout at Military Zone 9 Museum - Photo of Vietnam National Museum of History.

Nearly 5 years of participating in fighting against the raid, Nguyen Van Tu organized the siege and harassment of enemy posts more than 200 battles (killing 46 enemies, wounding 113 enemies. In two consecutive years (1963 - 1964), comrades He was elected Emulation soldier of the Military Region, and he sacrificed heroically at the age of 30 and was conferred the title of Hero of the People's Armed Forces on 5/5/1965.

Honeycomb is currently on display at the Military Zone 9 Museum with registration number BTQK9: 1332-Đ-02. This is one of the special artifacts, vividly showing the resilient and indomitable struggle, intellect, bravery of the army and people of the Mekong Delta, representing the tradition of "the united people and army," resilience to hold on, self-reliance, courage to fight ”. Using bumblebees to show the creative spirit and wisdom of our army and people, rudimentary weapons, the people of Ben Tre still stand determined to keep their homes, keep the country, and make the enemy pay for their crimes. , determined to defeat the enemy on two fronts: fight and production. The use of bees to fight the enemy clearly shows the creative spirit in the fighting of Dong Khoi homeland.

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