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The merits of the 79th battle against Vietnam equipped with "steel shoes"
Before the 1979 self-defense counterattack against Vietnam was launched, the PLA's participating troops replenished and updated many weapons and equipment, and many veterans talked about "steel shoes."
Northern Vietnam is a typical subtropical mountain jungle area with many stone mountains and dense forest thorns everywhere. In such areas, you often step on sharp stones, bamboo roots, thorns, and so on. At the same time, the Vietnamese army deliberately made enemies with China, dug a lot of hidden traps along the northern border, and placed a lot of obstacles such as bamboo sticks and iron nails inside. The rubber-soled liberation shoes originally equipped by the People's Liberation Army were relatively thin, and they could easily be pierced by the above-mentioned materials, hurting the feet, and causing combat downsizing. Therefore, after investigation and test, the logistics department of the People's Liberation Army urgently produced a batch of new-type liberation shoes for distribution to the participating troops.
0.88 公斤，穿上后感觉鞋底硬梆梆的，走起路来有点巴不紧地面的感觉，要几天脚才能适应。 The waist and upper of this new shoe are higher than ordinary liberation shoes, and the sole is also much thicker. It weighs 0.88 kilograms. After wearing it, the sole feels hard, and the road feels a little tight. It takes a few days to get used to it. At that time, it was said in the army that the new shoes were non-slip and stab-resistant shoes specially developed for the officers and soldiers under the instruction of Chairman of the CPC Central Committee. The soles of the shoes were sandwiched with steel plates. After receiving the new shoes, many fighters couldn't wait to try them on, and they were in joy. Someone immediately stepped on the nail test, and it really deserved it! Therefore, officers and soldiers commonly called such shoes as "steel shoes".
Later on the battlefield, the "steel shoes" really worked well, and they were durable. The soldiers were able to move as usual after adapting to the new shoes. Since then, few soldiers and soldiers have been injured in the foot, even if they kick hard objects, they can't hurt their toes. The troops pointed out that the soldiers wore "steel shoes" to wading mountains and mountains, and they no longer needed to take care of the "ambush" on the soles of their feet. This has effectively promoted combat. However, officers and men have also been warned not to step on the bamboo stick traps and try to play, because the bamboo sticks laid by the Vietnamese are very high from the ground and densely packed. Although they are not easy to hurt the soles of the feet, they will slip and pierce. Injury the leg.
Fortunately, after the start of the war, the obstacles set by the Vietnamese Army were cleared by engineers and artillery fire, and there were not many cases where infantry was really blocked by bamboo sticks. After a month of stone grinding and soaking in water, the "steel shoes" that accompanied the soldiers to death were worn out, but the soldiers were still reluctant to throw them away. They were washed and dried, boxed, and left as an important experience in life. commemorate. A curious person once opened the sole of a "steel shoe" and found that there was no steel plate inside, but a 24-layer fine canvas insole was added to the sole under high pressure. This is the power of technology!
Of course, "steel shoes" also have shortcomings. They are as airtight, sweat-proof, poorly waterproof, and easy to breed bacteria as low-rise liberated shoes. Officers and soldiers marched for days, often not taking off their shoes for more than ten days, but when they were about to take off, they could not take it off, and they had stuck to their feet. After a painful struggle, the shoes were taken off, but they had to peel off a large layer of blood. The diseases such as athlete's foot caused by it are also very tortured.
In addition, the army also distributed an iron foot size before the war, which can be put on the shoes to help climb the mountain. Because of the inconvenience of carrying this kind of foot size, the slip on the shoes hindered walking. Most of them were lost or thrown away when they were lightly loaded. Because the troops often marched in slippery mountains and fields, and the war zone was wet and rainy, the soldiers slipped on their feet and couldn't hold the slopes. I didn't know how much they fell. The method is always more difficult than that. At this time, the march hit a Vietnamese man with a homemade crutch, relying on "three legs".
A cadre who participated in the war once recalled that when the army sent out the "steel shoes" before the war, he felt that the soles were harder and he was not comfortable walking, especially when running and jumping. He is an old infantryman and knows that it is best not to wear new shoes when walking on the march, because the feet are easy to bubble, which will affect the combat effectiveness. This time it was going abroad to fight again. In case the feet were broken, it would be too delaying. Therefore, after several ideological struggles, he chose to still wear his used pair of low-rise liberating shoes, pack the new shoes and hand them over to the rear.
He didn't know he was wrong until he crossed the border. Due to the rainy days in the theater, the roads in the mountains were slippery, not only muddy and sticky, but also more and more slippery. This cadre's old liberation shoes were worn smoothly, the inside was smoother, and the tread was not too tight. In addition, the upper and sole of the march were layered with yellow mud layer after layer, which became heavier and more sticky. . Later, when I stepped into the mud and tried to pull it out, it would take a lot of effort. I basically couldn't move. If I forced the shoe, it would be stuck, and I could only reach into the mud with my hand to pull out the shoe. However, there is no marching speed at all, and there is a danger of falling behind. In anxiety, he pulled out the strap of the raincoat bundled in his shoulder bag, cut it with a knife and tied it to two shoes, respectively. However, it has no effect, and it feels that the shoes have to be pulled out when striding. At this time, he regretted it, and cleverly left the new "steel shoes" in the country, ignoring the difficulty of this overseas operation. Just when he was extremely regretful, I don't know which company soldier came over and asked him what happened. The cadre seemed to see hope, and quickly asked the soldier if there were any extra shoes. The soldier said nothing and took out a pair of new shoes from his backpack and handed them over. It turned out that his company had strict requirements before going abroad, and each soldier had to bring an extra pair of "steel shoes" as a spare. After that, he quickly changed into new shoes and chased the troops.
Today, this cadre is very sorry, because he was hurried that year, did not ask the name of the soldier who helped him a lot, which company, or even the leader did not see clearly, and did not know whether he returned safely after the war ...
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