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Was Russian Roulette Actually Used During The Vietnam War

Who invented the game Russian Roulette?

Legends abound regarding the invention of Russian roulette. Most of these, predictably, are set in Russia or occur among Russian soldiers.

In one legend, 19th-century Russian prisoners were forced to play the game while the prison guards bet on the outcome[citation needed]. In another version, desperate and suicidal officers in the Russian army played the game to impress each other.

Whether Tsarist officers actually played Russian roulette is unclear. In a text on the Czarist officer corps, John Bushnell, a Russian history expert at Northwestern University, cited two near-contemporary memoirs by Russian army veterans: The Duel (1905) by Aleksandr Kuprin and From Double Eagle to Red Flag (1921) by Pyotr Krasnov. Both books tell of officers' suicidal and outrageous behaviour, but Russian roulette is not mentioned in either text. If the game did originate in real life behavior and not fiction, it is unlikely that it started with the Russian military. The standard sidearm issued to Russian officers from 1895 to 1930 was the Nagant M1895 revolver. A double-action, seven chambered revolver, the Nagant's cylinder spins clockwise until the hammer is ******. While the cylinder does not swing out as in modern hand-ejector style double action revolvers, it can be spun around to randomize the result. It is possible that Russian officers shot six and kept the seventh cartridge live. Due to the deeply seated rounds unique to the Nagant's cartridge and that the primers are concealed, it would be very difficult to tell from the outside where the live round was and which were spent; this would add to the uncertainty of the results.

In Russian literature a book entitled A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov (1840, translated by Vladimir Nabokov in 1958) mentions Russian Roulette.

Russian roulette was made famous worldwide with the 1978 movie The Deer Hunter, which features three soldiers who are captured during the Vietnam war and forced to play Russian roulette as their captors gamble on the results. Their captors demand an especially brutal variation of the game: the game is played until all but one contestant is killed. The game takes place in a bamboo room above where the other prisoners are held, so that the losers' blood drips down on future contestants. Several teen deaths following the movie's release caused police and the media to blame the film's depiction of Russian roulette, saying that it inspired the youth.

Was the Vietnam War really that terrifying for soldiers? I remember my teacher telling us the war was so bad it was common for soldiers to start doing drugs and committing suicide.

Yes, It was very terrifying for soldiers. It is a war for apparent reason. Even Civilians are terrified.During a War, theirs no guarantee that you can just sit back, and feel safe. Anytime, and anywhere, The hysteria that you are safe is just a dream if you are a soldier. Even your military possessed the technologically advance weapon systems, you can die anytime, and anywhere.Now, American soldiers during the War are terrified because of this one aspect that they did not anticipate to destroy quickly. It’s Guerrilla warfare.Americans suffered a lot of casualties because of this type of warfare. The American Military at that time can only win in Major engagements where they can use every weaponry they possessed at their arsenal to bomb the enemy to hell. North Vietnamese knew that they cannot win a toe- to - toe engagement against the US military so by adapting their knowledge about this type of warfare they dealt the US heavy casualties.Just by seeing the picture above, you can conclude that the US Military has little or no knowledge on how to dealt this elaborate system of tunnels that the Viet Cong, and the NVA used during the war.Even though the US uses a lot of this agent orange to kill plants in order to search the tunnels, and destroy it still, it is not enough. It only resulted to many deformation.Thanks Agent orange for destroying this children’s hope.Was Vietnam war that really terrifying for Soldiers?Yes, Absolutely.This pictures alone can make you conclude that its terrifying.Ohh, and by the Way. The French also tasted this kind of warfare.

Was the M16 hated by US troops during the Vietnam War?

The M-16 was first deployed with the First Cav and saw combat at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965. At that time a low residue powder was used that made the weapons almost maintenance free. It got rave reviews from the troops using it. When the US military decided to adapt the weapon and deploy it widely with troops deployed in Vietnam they dictated that the ammunition use a much higher residue formula that was currently used in the M-14 ammunition because it cost less. The M-16 was billed as a low (or no) maintenance weapon, and cleaning kits were not provided with the new weapons. The dirtier gunpowder caused the rifles to fowl and jam, earning it a bad reputation with the troops that had been forced to give up their M-14s. Eventually the problem was identified, and cleaning kit were issued, which solved the problem. But the bad reputation dogged the M-16 for the rest of the war.

What is Russian roulette?

Russian roulette is where you take an empty pistol - a revolver - you put one bullet into the gun, spin the cylinder, and without looking at the cylinder, you put the muzzle of the gun to your temple and pull the trigger. You have a one in six change of being dead, a five in six chance of surviving.  Pass the gun to the next player, who does the same thing.Yes, it is a real thing. Wikipedia: you watch the Vietnam war movie "The Deer Hunter (1978)" there is a scene in which two prisoners of war are forced to play for the amusement of their captors.

Did the Vietcong or NVA ever actually force American POWs to play Russian Roulette?

There were no recorded documentations of that every happening during the Vietnam War. The seen in the Deer Hunter caused a lot of controversy by using that scene.

Is there any truth in Russian roulette being a form of entertainment for the NVA?

The film actually depicts this as an activity of the South Vietnamese Viet Cong.The Wikipedia entry is rather misleading because it praises the "realism" (in the sense of gritty realism) of the Russian roulette scene without dealing with the more obvious question of historic authenticity.In listening to US military propaganda about the war in Vietnam for 10 years, including a movie in which the Vietcong invented napalm, I never heard an allegation about Russian roulette.Never been to Vietnam but I have known several Deer Hunters from PENN and the movie is rather harsh on them as well.

Why does Nicky continue to play Russian roulette in The DeerHunter?

Spoken like a man that has never tried it. It is not the winning or the losing. It is the thrill of playing the game.Nicky continues to play because of a script change.In the original script, the roles of Merle (later renamed Mike) and Nick were reversed in the last half of the film. Nick returns home to Linda, while Mike remains in Vietnam, sends money home to help Steven, and meets his tragic fate at the Russian roulette table.[21]According to Cimino, De Niro requested a live cartridge in the revolver for the scene in which he subjects John Cazale's character to an impromptu game of Russian roulette, to heighten the intensity of the situation. Cazale agreed without protest,[7] but obsessively rechecked the gun before each take to make sure that the live round wasn't next in the chamber.[16]In the final scene in the gambling den between Mike and Nick, Cimino had Walken and De Niro improvise in one take. His direction to his actors: "You put the gun to your head, Chris, you shoot, you fall over and Bobby cradles your head." [29]The Deer Hunter - Wikipedia

What kind of gun was used in american pie beta house when they play russian roulette?

It wasn't real and doesn't actually exist. It would be extraordinarily dangerous in real life. Don't do that.

What were some methods of torture the NVA and Vietcong used against American prisoners of war?

Jonah --- Like most Americans you have no clue as to the correct names of the combatants or of what the history of Vietnam was, or of how everyone behaved. You believe the lies the US government has told you over the years.

1) The fighting force that you call the "NVA" were the "People's Army of Vietnam" (PAVN) created in the early 1940's to fight against the Japanese and Vichy French during WW-2. The American "Office of Strategic Services" (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA, were parachuted into Tonkin (northern part of current Vietnam) to train and arm the PAVN.
The PAVN fought against the French during the First Indochina War (War of Independence 1946-1954) when the US gave military aid and pilots to fly supply missions for the French from 1948 onwards and combat missions from 1949 onwards.
The PAVN were sent south of the 17th parallel starting July 1965, four months after the US committed ground combat troops.

2) The force you incorrectly called the "Viet Cong" was the "National Liberation Front of Southern Vietnam" (NLF) which was created at a conference in December 1959 just outside of Saigon. The term "Viet Cong" is shortened slang for Viet Nam Cong San, meaning Vietnamese communist, something that less than 4% of the NLF fighters were. The term was used derisively because at that point in history, especially in America, "communists" were seen as the evil "bogeymen".
US prisoners captured in southern Vietnam were treated roughly but fairly and usually transported (or made to walk) along the Ho Chi Minh trail and imprisoned north of the DMZ. Those airmen and the extremely small number of "Green Berets" captured above the DMZ were treated roughly by the local captors and handed over to the local militia who then transported them to Hanoi and imprisonment. Imprisonment was the bare minimum but no torture. They were fed rice and vegetables with a small amount of meat. It was far less than the US prisoners were accustomed to eating, but sufficient to keep them fit and healthy.

Only the US military and in particular the CIA, and especially the ARVN tortured their prisoners or even killed them so others are forced to talk.