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Boi Loi Woods

Located at XT 570-380 in Binh Duong province, III Corps. The Boi Loi Woods was another French owned rubber plantation (actually five separate plantations. The Boi Loi ws known to be the base area for the 320th VC Bn. Elements of the VC 271st and 273rd Regiments were also located in the Boi Loi Woods along the north edge of the plantation. The 1st Bn, 165A VC Regiment also operated here.

In 1966 the area shown as plantation had more undergrowth than was usually found in plantations, providing the VC more cover and concealment, however it was easily traversed by APC's. There was an extensive network of trails in the Boi Loi, evidence of heavy VC occupation. As a matter of fact, the VC in the Boi Loi area tended to move about freely during hours of daylight.

The area in the northeastern portion of the Boi Loi Woods was paralleled by the Saigon River. The river offered an ideal means for enemy movement of supplies and personnel in and out of the Boi Loi area. There were no tunnels in this area because the water table was high due to the close proximity of the river.

Trenches found in the Boi Loi, as elsewhere, were from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet deep, dug in a zig-zag pattern, and generally had small horizontal extensions that provided enough space for one man to obtain overhead cover.

Numerous bunkers were located here. These bunkers were of standard VC construction. Most had overhead cover consisting of logs about six inches in diameter covered with dirt 2 to 2 1/2 feet thick. The bunkers were 4 to 5 feet deep and from 4x4 to 5x5 feet wide. They had from one to three firing ports each at ground level, the apertures of which were one foot wide inside and extended to about 2 1/2 feet wide outside. The bunkers sometimes had an additional horizontal hole to provide cover should the overhead be destroyed. Those portions of the bunkers' walls which were above ground level were 2 to 2 1/2 feet thick.

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Creation Date: Monday, November 10, 1997
Last Modified: Sunday, July 18, 1999
Copyright © Ray Smith, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999