INDO-CHINA: Retreat from Namdinh

INDOCHINA

The Communists last week added 3,000,000 Indo-Chinese to the 800 million people whose destinies they already control. It happened swiftly, and so bloodlessly that the rest of the world hardly noticed. Yet it was a bigger Communist victory than Dienbienphu.

The French simply pulled back from one-third of the Red River Delta, abandoning 1,600 square miles of densely populated rich rice land. Three Communist Viet Minh divisions leisurely followed up the retreating Frenchmen, exchanging only a few desultory shots with the rearguards. In 72 triumphal hours, the Communists marched into Namdinh...

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