INDO-CHINA: Without a Fight


Laichau is a tiny mud village in northwestern Viet Nam, where the clack of mah-jongg tiles used to be heard day & night. For seven years of war, although it is only 30 miles from the Chinese border. Laichau remained in French hands. Last week it was lost to Ho Chi Minh's Communists without a fight.

Laichau had been an important base for rallying the friendly Thai tribesmen in the northwestern wilds, but the French commanders had compelling tactical reasons for giving it up. It was supplied and manned only by air, yet...

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