INDO-CHINA: The Mekong Offensive


Communist Ho Chi Minh's order of the day was "Destroy the enemy, and achieve new feats of arms." In these terms last week the Communists launched a new major offensive in Asia. First objective: the eastern bank of the wide, fast-flowing Mekong River, fourth greatest in all Asia, and the border of Siam. Further objectives: still to unfold.

As the chill mists of the crachin season crept past the French forts of the Red River delta, elements of two Viet Minh divisions, some 20,000 strong, slipped away to the southwest; they swerved unopposed...

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