War: Reds Terrorized

The northwest corner of Indo-China is a wild, mountainous region, seemingly perfect for Communist guerrilla tactics. The people who cultivate the valleys are Thais;* in the mountains live Muongs. Both belong to the Thai Federation, part of Bao Dai's Viet Nam state. Last December, while the French were fighting desperately to hold the port of Hanoi, Communist forces drove into the Thai and Muong country, pushed the French frontier guards back 100 miles to the outpost town of Lai Chau. The Communists then set about winning over Thais and Muongs.

In Lai Chau, the president of the Thai Federation (Deo Van Lang)...

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