BATTLE OF INDO-CHINA: Objective: Food

BATTLE OF INDOCHINA

Viet Minh Communists, holed up in the bare limestone hills around the mouth of the Red River, looked down on the rice harvesters in the fertile, French-held delta, and decided they must fight for their food. The tactical plan: infiltrate guerrilla bands into the busy harvest land to extort grain from the peasants, carry it back into the hills at night. To cover their rice forays, they first launched a strong diversionary attack.

Some 40,000 Red soldiers launched their attack on a broad front along the Day River, a southern outlet...

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