INDO-CHINA: Hero's Return


The Viet Minh Communists delayed several times—once, they said, because rain had hampered their transport. Then, some hours after last week's deadline for exchanging prisoners was past, they handed over their highest-ranking captive: Brigadier General Christian de Castries, 52, the dauntless but defeated commander of Dienbienphu, who had spent four months in Red hands. He seemed years older, much thinner, and his hair was greyer. He refused a stretcher. He admitted that he was not in good shape, but said he was a hard man, that he would be all right after...

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