INDO-CHINA: Battle for Headlines


French Defense Minister René Pleven flew to Indo-China this week to see for himself how the war was going. He came upon a strange battleground. The French held the towns but could not sweep the jungles; the Communists held the jungles but could not storm the towns. Since neither the French nor the Communists seemed able to win the military decision with their present strength, both sides kept their armies busy looking for, or fending off, headline victories that might somehow influence the political decision in Paris, Washington or Berlin.

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