BATTLE OF INDO-CHINA: Monsoon Mystery

BATTLE OF INDOCHINA

The summer monsoon broke over leafy Luang Prabang in a deluge. Huddled in steaming rubber capes, the French Union troops waited for the expected Viet Minh Communist attack. It did not come. The valleys beneath the great frowning mountains ran rivers of mud, but no Communist soldier waded them, nor was there one to be seen anywhere. Laotians, worshiping in the temple of the celebrated Golden Buddha, had predicted that the Communists would never capture the sacred city of Luang Prabang. Had their predictions proved true?

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