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.
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.
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
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.
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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