INDO-CHINA: Forward Lies the Delta


One hot, cloudless day last week, General René Cogny, commander of North Viet Nam, flew to the troubled southern zone of the Red River Delta. At Namdinh, 45 miles southeast of Hanoi, with evident pleasure, he presented a unit citation to the elite 2nd Amphibious Group, 1st Foreign Legion Cavalry Regiment; he tied the traditional fanon, an Arabian horse's tail, to the regimental colors. Then the strapping (6 ft., 200 Ibs.) three-star general called the legion officers around him. "Dienbienphu was a blow," he said, "but that's all over now. We must...

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