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  VC punji stick traps

 

Vietnam

One infamous method that was used by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War was a simple pit in which punji sticks were placed in the sides, pointing somewhat downward at an angle, thus trapping any victim that walked into it and making it near impossible to quickly free the victim or without causing even greater injuries. A metal cage with downward pointing pins, based on the same principle –but quicker to deploy– also existed.

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