Approximately 150 documents, photos and artifacts relating to the 1954 battle, from both Vietnam and France, are on display at an exhibition in the Museum of Dien Bien Phu Victory in the eponymous northern town. The exhibition will remain open until May 10. President Ho Chi Minh discusses strategy for the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in December 1953. General Vo Nguyen Giap (2nd, R) and other commanding officers discuss Dien Bien Phu plans in 1954. Vietnamese troops march towards the northwestern battlefield in 1954. Two-ton cannons are pulled through tough terrain to the battlefield. Soldiers share a moment of merriment in a trench. Medics tend to injured soldiers. A unit joins the battle to gain control of the Muong Thanh Bridge, carrying a flag. Vietnamese troops capture a French tank. A soldier waves a Vietnamese flag on top of General Christian de Castries's bunker on May 7, 1954, signalling the Viet Minh's victory. General de Castries and his officers are captured. Muong Thanh after … [Read more...] about A Dien Bien Phu flashback in black and white
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from Wilfred Burchett, North of the 17th Parallel, 1955 A sun-helmet lay on the bamboo table of a thatch-roofed hut deep in the jungle of Northern Vietnam. It was late afternoon in mid-March 1954, and somewhere overhead an aeroplane was buzzing about. It had no chance of sighting the dozen or so bamboo and thatch huts that made up the little village. Much of the jungle had been cleared away – but the smooth pillars of giant iron-woods and other jungle denizens supported a thick canopy of inter-woven broad-leaved creepers, nature's most perfect camouflage net flung over the village. A helicopter could hover a few meters over the top of that green canopy for an hour and see nothing that it covered. It was not the jungle however but the image of the sun-helmet that was to remain in my mind for many weeks that followed. My road to this jungle village had led almost directly from Panmunjom in Korea with a day or two's halt in Peking to change clothes for the difference in temperature … [Read more...] about The battle of Dien Bien Phu in a sun helmet
65 years ago on the Muong Thanh plain, in the midst of the Northwestern mountains and forests, the Vietnamese people and armed forces, under the leadership of the Party headed by President Ho Chi Minh, fought the strategic battle of Dien Bien Phu. After 56 days of relentless, valiant and ingenious combat, on the afternoon of May 7, 1954, the Vietnamese people and armed forces defeated the French colonialists’ last-ditch effort and gained the Dien Bien Phu Victory, which resounded across the five continents and shook the world, ending the resistance war against the aggressive French colonialists and marking a great turning point in the Vietnamese people’s history of struggle for national construction and defence. The Dien Bien Phu Victory is the zenith of the Vietnamese art of war. Together with Bach Dang, Chi Lang and Dong Da, the Dien Bien Phu Victory has gone down in national history as an epic of great heroism with bright examples of gallantry, affirming the Vietnamese … [Read more...] about Heroic spirit of Dien Bien Phu Victory shines forever!
The events for the festival are set to open on March 16 in 7/5 Square in Dien Bien Phu city Workers have been putting the finishing touches to the stage, set to host an array of art performances. Art troupes from Dien Bien province have been preparing for the opening ceremony since March 4 to ensure they put on a good show Doan Van Chi, the deputy director of the provincial department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism says preparations for the Ban Flower Festival are on schedule, adding that plans for the opening ceremony were making strong progress and were ahead of schedule. A wide range of activities are planned to be held over the course of the festival such as a highland market with stalls ran by ethnic minority people as well as the second Miss Hoa Ban beauty pageant. The feature point of the event will be the highland market which will give audiences a glimpse into the cultural life of the region’s ethnic people. The market will introduce some of the unique cuisine of Dien … [Read more...] about Dien Bien gears up for 2019 Ban flower festival
Muong Thanh Bridge, a historical relic site that witnessed the victorious battle of Dien Bien Phu, is gradually deteriorating. As such, the local tourism sector has been upgrading the bridge in preparation for the 65th victory anniversary celebrations next year. Muong Thanh Bridge spans over Nam Rom River. This historical relic site once witnessed the monumental victory of Dien Bien Phu in its past. Nowadays, it has become a tourism destination in Dien Bien province. However, over the years, the bridge’s condition has been rapidly deteriorating, badly in need of repair. The repair and upgrade of the bridge is projected to be completed by next January. The initial structural design is to be kept intact. The upgrade costs nearly 129,000 USD and is part of preparations for celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory on May 7 next year.–VNA … [Read more...] about Dien Bien Phu battlefield relic in repair