General giap dien bien phu
Dien Bien Phu by Vo Nguyen GiapMy father and I purchased this in Hue in July 2018, the eleventh edition, beautifully printed with good photographs and as another reviewer says, beautiful and useful maps. I skimmed it and read many passages, and studied the maps and photos before I handed it off to my father. To be honest, my zest for battle description, strategy, and all the technical realities of this classic modern war operation were tested and beaten by this text, bogged down as it is in blow-by-blow detail. Though clearly General Giap has real literary chops, and the English translation is lovingly done. Recommended for more dedicated students of war.
A subdued General Giap revisits Dien Bien Phu
Standing on a hill this week overlooking the historic battle site here, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap talked about his greatest military victory, against the French 30 years ago. Dressed in an olive-green army uniform with four gold-colored stars glinting on his shoulders, General Giap said the victory proved that ''the future belongs to nations who struggle to be masters of their destiny. On the day General Giap spoke to reporters, his aides said the weather over the valley in the northwest corner of Vietnam was similar to that of May 7, , when Vietnamese forces overran the French garrison after a day seige, spelling the end of France's rule over Indochina. Overcast skies and mist blotted out most of the mile length of the valley, which is five miles wide at its broadest point. A Key Battle.
May 10, Vo Nguyen Giap returned recently to Dien Bien Phu, the battlefield where his troops had destroyed the French colonial Army in Indochina 30 years earlier. Dien Bien Phu was intended to be a trap for the Vietnamese: The French would entice them into a major military confrontation and then destroy them. The Vietnamese turned the tables, gradually strangling the enormous base. The defeat marked the end of French Indochina. Two months later the Geneva agreements were signed, and France withdrew its forces to southern Vietnam.
General Vo Nguyen Giap, who has died aged , was a self-taught soldier who became one of the foremost military commanders of the 20th century. He used his charisma and tactical skills to transform a tiny band of Vietnamese guerrillas into an army that defeated both France and the US. In he founded the Armed Propaganda Brigade for the Liberation of Vietnam, gathering together 31 men and three women armed with flintlock rifles. The victory took Vietnam to the negotiating table but it did not bring peace. Instead the Geneva Accords divided the country into the communist north and US-backed south, setting the stage for another war that was to last until the defeat of the US and the Saigon government in Giap, an elfin lawyer with an intellectual bent, was an unlikely warrior.
French Union. It was, from the French view before the event, a set piece battle to draw out the Vietnamese and destroy them with superior firepower. The operation's purpose was to cut off Viet Minh supply lines into the neighboring Kingdom of Laos a French ally , and draw the Viet Minh into a major confrontation in order to cripple them. The plan was to resupply the French position by air, and was based on the belief that the Viet Minh had no anti-aircraft capability. They brought in vast amounts of heavy artillery including anti-aircraft guns and managed to move these bulky weapons through difficult terrain up the rear slopes of the mountains. The Viet Minh were then able to dig tunnels through the mountain, and emplaced the artillery pieces overlooking the French encampment.
Lawrence and Napoleon as his two greatest influences. He was arrested for subversive activities by the French colonial authorities in and died in prison a few weeks later. Although she was not held for long, the privations of prison life made her ill and she too died a few weeks after being released. Diem later went on to become President of South Vietnam — Years earlier the same school had educated another boy, Nguyen Sinh Cung, also the son of an official.