Foreign News: INDO-CHINA A War of Gallantry & Despair

From French Union military headquarters at Hanoi, TIME'S Foreign News Editor Thomas Griffith last week cabled this report:

THE unshaven soldier lies back on his pillow and exercises his good right arm. Every so often he twitches his left shoulder too, to exercise it, but where his left arm should be there is a white bandaged pouch like a hornets' nest taped to his body. This foreign legionnaire's left arm was amputated on the battlefield at Dienbienphu.

He is among the lucky few of the wounded who got out early. The others had to wait, lying in foxholes the size of their stretchers,...

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