A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 5, 1973

FOR one of the stories in our twelve-page section on the cease-fire this week, we asked TIME correspondents who have reported from Indochina for their most vivid impressions. Roy Rowan, now in Hong Kong, recalled the atmosphere in June 1948. The military language was French then, the berets red, Americans as scarce as they were later to be ubiquitous. But the datelines — Tay Ninh, Ben Cat, Can Tho, Pleiku — were to remain bloody constants for 25 years.

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