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May 19: Birthday of Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh, two great revolutionary fighters for social justice and national liberation.
“Vietnam Nation Has The Right to Enjoy Freedom, and In Fact, Vietnam Has Become a Free and Independent Nation.” Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Propaganda Art
Awesome Cambodian AK-47
An entire stock of American helmets abandoned when leaving Vietnam.
Triệu Thị Trinh
Triệu Thị Trinh was a Vietnamese warrior from the 3rd century who successfully resisted the occupying forces of the Wu Kingdom during their time in Vietnam. She was born in the Trieu Son district of Thanh Hoa province (now in Northern Vietnam). At the time of her birth, the area was controlled by the Eastern Wu Kingdom, one of China’s three Kingdoms. She was orphaned at a young age and was raised by her brother and his wife as a slave until the age of 20. She escaped from her brother’s home and fled to the jungle where she built up an army of at least 1,000 men and women soldiers. Triệu Trinh managed to liberate an area of Vietnam which she then claimed as her own. By the age of 23 she had defeated at least 30 Wu advances. It was said that she rode in to battle on the back of an elephant whilst wearing golden armor and carrying two swords.
More information about her here.
Much of the historical information around this time is very muffled. I know from studying the Three Kingdoms era, one of the bloodiest eras in Chinese history, that it’s hard to distinct from fictional stories to facts.
It should be noted that the famous warrior Triệu Thị Trinh only exists in Vietnamese texts. I’ve even heard denial from some Chinese sources but a lot of the events are still there.
If you think riding an elephant with two swords is insane, there are some stories saying that she was 2.6m tall (9 foot) with a low and hollow voice, and was the most beautiful woman in Vietnam. And also, the Wu Kingdom was the last of the three kingdoms with a large army. They eventually fell but it is amazing to hear that female warrior rounded up that many soldiers, which didn’t even compare and resisted their invasion. Here’s an inspiring, and well, bad-ass quote:
“I’d like to ride storms, kill sharks in the open sea, drive out the aggressors, reconquer the country, undo the ties of serfdom, and never bend my back to be the concubine of whatever man.”
The Avtomat Kalashnikova 47. Still a weapon of choice for many.
One cowboy…two cowboys…