INDO-CHINA: Psychological Victory

INDOCHINA

The hard-pressed French commanders in Indo-China seemed confident, even buoyant. "We have succeeded grouping sufficient forces to take the' initiative," said a staff officer. "I have now begun the phase of reconquest," boasted a two-star general. "We are going in as liberators, not conquerors," said another general officer just before his operation got under way. And the front, such as it is, in IndoChina 's groping guerrilla war, looked suddenly as bright and hopeful as the generals. The French moved slowly north from Seno in the blistering jungle sun; they recaptured...

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