WAR IN INDO-CHINA: Counting the Casualties


The French army in Indo-China is a hard-bitten professional outfit, commanded by first-rate career officers. It has superior equipment. Why then have the Viet minh Communists overrun most of northern Indo-China? Last week General Raoul Salan, capable commander of French Union forces in Indo-China, near the end of his tour of duty, gave an interview explaining how the French operate.

Said Salan: "My decisions are made within a certain framework established in France before I took command. The framework is secret and personal." Salan described how he had stopped the...

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