Weapons, not rubber: The tricycle what Commando Ba Mu used to transport weapons to the battlefield.
(Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Commando Ba Mu (whose real name is Do Van Can) disguised himself as a rubber latex collector to fool the enemy. He used a tricycle to transport weapons to serve the South Vietnam liberation forces during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

The tricycle is on display at exhibition that has opened in Hanoi.

Entitled The Epic of the 1968 Tet Offensive, the exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the victory of the campaign.

The exhibition displays more than 300 images, documents and objects. Ba Mu’s tricycle is one among many objects showcased to the public for the first time.

The exhibition is divided into three parts: devotion for the battlefield, the historical turning point and echoes of the epic. They depict the determination of Vietnamese people and soldiers in fighting for peace and liberation.

“The Military History Museum of Vietnam organised the exhibition with the aim of asserting the historical magnitude and significance of the general offensive and uprising in 1968,” said Nguyen Xuan Nang, director of the museum.

“During nearly two months of attack and insurrection, the Tet Offensive 1968 marked a strategic turning point for the resistance war against the US and its allies. It caused the US a ‘sudden shock’, disrupting their strategic plan, shaking the White House, the Pentagon and all of the US and forced President Johnson to deescalate the war and agree to sign the historic Paris Peace Accord. The victory also helped lead to the liberation of southern Vietnam and the unity of the country in 1975.”

“The 1968 Tet Offensive affirmed the outstanding, visionary leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh,” said Nang.

“It promoted patriotism, national pride and the will to overcome all difficulties to fulfill the task of building and protecting the country.”

The exhibition will run until the end of February at the Military History Museum of Vietnam, 28A Dien Bien Phu Street, Hanoi.-VNA