BATTLE OF INDO-CHINA: Bubbly for the Moles

BATTLE OF INDOCHINA

Beneath the wan light of flare shells, the war in Indo-China moved into the seventh year. Said a red-haired Foreign Legionnaire: "We now have the oldest war in the world." To the "Moles of Nasan" the usually frugal French commissary sent Australian beefsteaks, fried potatoes, vegetables, fresh bread, Algerian wine and 3,000 bottles of champagne—one bottle for every four men in the dusty, embattled airstrip. Thai and Vietnamese troops got frozen meat, dried fish and rice; the North Africans had wine, live sheep and goats, brought in by airlift. In...

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