BATTLE OF INDO-CHINA: Breakout

BATTLE OF INDOCHINA

Pinned down in the Red River delta, General de Lattre de Tassigny dreamed of the day when he would launch a smash-out offensive against Viet Minh Communists. Last Saturday was the day.

In the tiny village of Tri Thon, a company of Communist soldiers, sleepily cooking their breakfast rice, suddenly found themselves surrounded by French commandos. In hand-to-hand fighting, knives flashing, 60 Communists were killed, the rest routed. In 80 other Viet Minh villages along a 14-mile front, the French surprise attack was equally effective.

De Lattre's target was Communist...

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