INDO-CHINA: Armor & Bamboo


Like the Dutch in Indonesia (see above), the French were finding it far from easy to regain their grip on Indo-China. Here too the U.S. played an indirect somewhat reluctant role: the French were using Lend-Lease equipment against the natives.

Unlike the Dutch, the French troops (including the veteran 2nd Armored Division) bore the brunt of the fighting. Last week they captured the focal Annamite resistance center of Tayninh, some 50 miles northwest of Saigon, and got their first overland link with food-rich Cambodia. But the Annamites kept up bitter fighting in the...

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