|Series||Vietnamese studies ;, 3, Vietnamese studies (Hanoi, Vietnam : 1966) ;, 3.|
|LC Classifications||DS556 .V59 no. 3, DS553.3.D5 .V59 no. 3|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||247 p.,  fold. leaf of plates :|
|Number of Pages||247|
|LC Control Number||77375859|
Focusing on Died Bien Phu, the site of the Vietnamese victory that spelled the end of the French empire in Indochina, Contested Territory explores a landscape richer and more complex than I ever expected. The book asks how this region along the Black River and in the northwest highlands near China and Laos came to be part of Vietnam.5/5(2). Dien Bien Phu is recognized as one of history's great battles. It began in November , when French paratroopers seized a small airstrip in Northwestern Vietnam. It ended in May with tens of thousands of Vietminh troops overrunning the beseiged garrison/5. Dien Bien Phu was a remote valley on the border of Laos along a simple rural trade route. But it would also be where a great European power fell to an underestimated insurgent army and lost control of a crucial colony. Valley of Death is the untold story of the battle that, in six weeks, changed the course of history.5/5(3). Book Overview. From the acclaimed scholar and reporter, a thorough and revealing account of the historic turning point in Vietnam's long struggle--the battle for Dien Bien Phu Like Gettysburg, Stalingrad, Midway, and Tet, the battle at Dien Bien Phu--a strategic attack launched by France against the Vietnamese in after eight long years of war--marked a historic turning point.
Dien Bien Phu, in , was the great climactic battle in French Indochina that led to the defeat of the French colonial regime by the Viet Minh nationalists. This book is an account of that great battle, by a leading defence analyst who was himself an s: Boylan's and Olivier's new work on the siege of Dien Bien Phu is a major contribution to scholarship which in some respects surpasses and supersedes all previous works on this epic story of the post-Second World War s: As the French reinforced their position at Dien Bien Phu, Giap responded definitively: he ordered three divisions, including the st heavy division of artillery and engineers, to invest the. Dien Bien Phu was a major battle of the first Indochina war in which the French fought against the Viet Minh communists. The French objective had been to support the soldiers at Dien Bien Phu, deep in the hills of northwestern Vietnam to cut off Viet Minh supply lines into neighboring Laos.
Journalist Bernard Fall, who was embedded with the garrison, detailed in his book Hell in a Very Small Place that the French military deployed two BMCs — mobile field brothels — to Dien Bien Phu prior to the siege, one with seven Vietnamese women, the other with 11 Ouled-Nail from Algeria. Dien Bien Phu was a serious defeat for the French and was the decisive battle of the Indochina war. The garrison constituted roughly one-tenth of the total French Union manpower in Indochina,  and the defeat seriously weakened the position and prestige of the French; it produced psychological repercussions both in the armed forces and in the political structure in France. The most consequential military engagement in Southeast Asia in the 20th century is the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. It was fought ostensibly between the French and the communist-led Vietmin at Dien Bien Phu, an obscure valley bordering China, in the remote northwestern part of what was then French Indochina. The battle ended with a humiliating defeat for the French, which. Dien Bien Phu: The Epic Battle America Forgot, Paperback by Simpson, Howard R., ISBN , ISBN , Brand New, Free P&P in the UK Dien Bien Phu is the definitive account of the great, climactic battle in French Indochina that led to the American commitment to Vietnam. Defense analyst Howard R. Simpson was an eyewitness.