Sunday, October 30, 2005

Hue: The Citadel

Hue was the capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, when the country was ruled by the Nguyen Dynasty. It was built from 1802 to 1845, and was modeled on China's Forbidden City.

The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army took over Hue during the Tet Offensive in 1968. They committed many summary executions and other large-scale atrocities against civilians. They took over the Citadel. The US got them out of the there, but huge portions of this complex were destroyed in the process.

There is much that is beautiful, and much that are ruins, in this vast place.

Buildings once stood here.


Blogger lirelou said...

You are mistaken in your statement that "the U.S. got them (the VC/NVA) out of (Hue during the Tet fighting). THe U.S. Marines did participate and were an important part of the fighting, but the lions share of the credit for retaking both Hue and the citadel belongs the the Vietnamese. Specifically, the 1st ARVN Division (Su Doan 1 Bo Binh), the Vietnamese Airborne Division (Su Doan Nhay-du), and the ARVN Marines.

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