BATTLE OF INDO-CHINA: Phases of the Moon

BATTLE OF INDOCHINA

Paris heard last week that the Communists planned a full-scale attack on Tonkin's Red River delta at the next full moon. Premier Rene Pleven called General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, one of France's best soldiers, and asked him to take on the tough job of defending Indo-China. Said De Lattre: "I accept because it is my duty."

He planned to fly immediately to Indo-China, wield both political and military authority, which had been divided between High Commissioner Pignon and General Marcel Carpentier. A trim, tough disciplinarian, described by his...

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