Foreign News: On to Hanoi

For six days last week, Red General Giap was able to move his infantry, his field artillery and his rocket-launchers down unobstructed roads toward the greatest single objective in all IndoChina: the teeming, rice-rich Red River Delta and its center, Hanoi.

The strategic delta is one of the world's most densely populated areas; in this flat alluvial plain live 7,000,000 people. A phantom Red army of some 90,000 guerrillas already controls at least two-thirds of the delta by day, almost all of it by night. The 2,000 French-Vietnamese forts there are atolls in a seeming Red Sea.

For 60 successive days, the Red...

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