Mỹ Trạch massacre
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The My Trach Massacre (Vietnamese: Thảm sát Mỹ Trạch') was a massacre of Vietnamese civilians carried out by the French army during French rule in Vietnam. The massacre occurred in Mỹ Trạch village, Mỹ Thủy commune, Lệ Thủy District, Quảng Bình Province, Vietnam from 12 pm to 2 am on 29 November 1947. In this operation, 326 houses were burnt. Many women were raped by the French soldiers before being killed. Over 300 civilian residents in Mỹ Trạch were killed, of which 170 were women and were 157 children. Many entire families were killed.
The location of the massacre was in the foot of Mỹ Trạch Bridge, a bridge on the North–South Railway, next to Mỹ Trạch Railway Station. The victims were forced to the foot of the bridge and lined up before being killed with machine gun fire.
Nearly half of the village residents were killed in this massacre. Every year, 29 November is mourned as “Hatred Date” of the residents in this village.
The memorial park in with the memorial site was located is classified by the Ministry of Culture of Vietnam as the National Historical Relics of Vietnam on 27 December 2001.
- Sources: Information on the Memorial Stele and on Official Website of Quảng Bình Provincial Government