The World: The Man Behind the Offensive

THE man who directs North Viet Nam's unprecedented offensive never went to military school or even trained formally as a soldier."The only military academy I have been to," he once boasted, "is that of the bush." By now, of course, Hanoi's Defense Minister, General Vo Nguyen Giap, is a figure of legend. Along with Mao Tse-tung, he pioneered the art of modern guerrilla warfare. Giap probably stands behind only Ho Chi Minh in the history of North Viet Nam, where he is known quite simply as "the organizer of the victory"—meaning the long campaign...

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