BATTLE OF INDO-CHINA: Severing an Artery


From Red China down to south IndoChina this year have gone 3,000 Chinese military instructors, 3,000 tons of military equipment and quantities of salable opium. Up from south Indo-China have gone 35,000 tons of rice, 5,000 tons of salt and 30,000 trained replacements for the Viet Minh Communist army. The artery for this traffic was Route Coloniale No. 12, which passes through Hoa Binh, 32 miles southwest of Hanoi.

General de Lattre de Tassigny had promised Paris and the Pentagon that he would take Hoa Binh around January 1952. After the...

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