INDO-CHINA: Toward Surrender


Near the bamboo conference hut at Trunggia, 25 miles north of Hanoi, the Vietnamese coolies were planting fresh green shoots for a new crop of rice. Communist Viet Minh soldiers watched them from the road. Inside the hut, beribboned French and Vietnamese truce officers faced five Communist officers across a long table. The three Vietnamese fidgeted uneasily in their seats: it was their country whose fate was being decided, but they were forgotten men there.

The Communists were cordial towards the Frenchmen, and they expansively had Western newspapermen round to tea; but...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!