INDO-CHINA: Near the End


Soldiers! The government owes you much and can give you nothing.

Napoleon Bonaparte

It was twilight at Dienbienphu. Narrow-eyed with loss of sleep, the French sentries peered through the monsoon haze towards the Communist trenches less than roo yards away. All was quiet, and the tired 10,000-man garrison hoped for a fair night's rest. At GHQ in Hanoi, an officer reported: "Lull at Dienbienphu."

Failure in Battle. At 2100 hours there was a muffled stirring within the enemy lines. Mortars opened up, thump and rustle, against six French strongpoints. Communist 1055 and 755...

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