BATTLE OF INDO-CHINA: Permanent Nightmare


Early in October, French pilots reconnoitering over the wild Thai country 90 to 100 miles northwest of Hanoi saw a peculiar thing. The once-faint paths through the jungle, though empty, seemed much more clearly marked than before. They were being trodden (as the French discovered later) by 25,000 night-moving Communist coolies carrying arms to well-hidden caches for the Viet Minh guerrillas.

The Viet Minh's General Vo Nguyen Giap had three Red divisions which had lain low for eight months. Last fortnight Giap attacked on a 40-mile front, quickly toppled a...

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