INDO-CHINA: Protected Village


The only part of north Indo-China which the French still hold securely is a 6,000-square-mile tract of swampy land at the mouth of the Red River. Somewhere inside the French defenses, there are 40,000 Communist guerrillas. Again & again the French have thrown back concerted guerrilla action, but they have not been able to prevent a more insidious form of Communist attack: the blackmailing of peasant communities.

Of the 4,400 villages in the area, only one in five is completely under Viet Nam control. Many tiny villages live in terror of the Communists,...

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