BATTLE OF INDO-CHINA: Offensive That Failed


In Paris, General de Lattre de Tassigny read the news with pursed lips: the expected offensive had come; 30,000 Viet Minh Communists were attacking the eastern end of the highway between Hanoi and the port of Haiphong. Already, the French had lost four small outposts along Route Coloniale No. 18.

De Lattre wasted no time. With his government's promise of 15,000 picked reinforcements soon to come, he boarded his Constellation for Indo-China. As he flew over India, the news from IndoChina was bad: the Reds had come close enough to cut...

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