International: We Must Attack'


The big French airfield at Nasan, between the Red River delta and Laos, lay all but deserted within its ring of trenches and stout barbed wire. It had been by passed by the Communist Viet Minh forces on their way into Laos. Under the broiling sun the colonel in command, walking disconsolately along the airstrip, looked up as he heard the sound of air craft engines. Within seconds a C-47 airplane, its wings and tail riddled by Red ack-ack fire, rolled onto the runway. The pilot braked it to a stop...

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