NORTH VIET NAM: The Fall of Haiphong

In accordance with the terms of Geneva, the French efficiently and soberly pulled out last week from Haiphong (pop. 200,000), their last territorial enclave in northern Viet Nam. Carefully collecting 300,000 tons of military hardware, including salvaged barbed wire and scrap-iron roofs torn from army warehouses, the French evacuated the last of 150,000 troops and 800,000 civilian refugees. Almost all the businessmen left town with them, Frenchmen, Indians, Chinese; those who remained hastily laid out $1.50 apiece for official, handkerchief-sized red-and-yellow-starred Communist flags.

The transfer of power went smoothly, in what the International Control Commission called "an admirable spirit of...

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