Fall of Dien Bien Phu (1946 – 1954)
Fall of Dien Bien Phu – At the end of World War II, the colonial powers tried to regain the territories seized by the Japanese. In Southeast Asia they meet the resistance of peoples who dream of being free under the influence of the triumphal Chinese communism. In French Indochina, Ho Chí Minh and his strategists face the return of French colonial rule. Their fight leads them to Dien Bien Phu.
The Viet Minh, under the command of Vo Nguyen Giap, obtained their first successes. The tactics of the French and their initial successes in Vien Yen, Mao Khe and Day thanks to their aviation and the use of Napalm give them a false sense of security that triggers their final downfall in Dien Bien Phu. In the article, we will see how Giap’s tactics of movements and ambushes weaken French morale and how the French metropolis itself went from an initial fervor to a total opposition to the war for Indochina.
Historicaly speaking, we always found the South-east Asia conflicts history very appealing. This will be the first of a series of articles to be published here. We hope that in this article you would be able to see in detail the facts, tactics, and the events that prepared the final chapter in the siege and fall of Dien Bien Phu and the subsequent French defeat in Indochina. A step door for the upcomming Vietnam War and the Vietnam-China conflict. We hope you like it. Thank you for your time.
Full article in two parts.