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
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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!
Present at the meeting were Senior Colonel Phung Kim Lan, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the People's Army Newspaper and Deputy Head of the Standing Organizing Board of the tournament, Ho Huy, President of Mai Linh Group, and veterans of the Dien Bien Phu campaign. Dien Bien Phu veterans recalling memories during wartime The meeting aimed at educating Vietnamese youths about their grandfathers and fathers’ sacrifices 65 years ago for the Fatherland in the Dien Bien Phu campaign. At the meeting, Sen. Col. Lan briefed the Dien Bien Phu veterans on significant activities of the tournament which runs along historical road sections associated with the resounding victory of the Vietnamese people and army. He underlined that the race also aimed to popularize the meaning of the Dien Bien Phu victory as well as promote public education of the revolutionary tradition among the people, particularly young ones. According to him, the People Army’s Newspaper and sponsors … [Read more...] about Dien Bien Phu veterans gather in Dien Bien Phu city
Visitors at the exhibition (Photo: VNA) Dien Bien (VNA) – An exhibition entitled “Dien Bien Phu – A golden page in Vietnam’s history” opened in the city of Dien Bien Phu in the northern province of Dien Bien on April 19, drawing the participation of domestic and foreign visitors. The display marks the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory which ended French colonial rule in Vietnam (1954-2019). The exhibition is comprised of three sections, featuring preparations for the Dien Bien Phu Campaign, the 56 days of the campaign, and the 1954 Geneva Conference. Nearly 150 documents, maps, and other items are on display, which have been kept in Vietnam’s archives and cultural agencies, as well as the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. Many of the documents were only decoded as recently as 2016 and are being made public in Vietnam for the first time, said Vu Nam Hai, Director of the Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum. The exhibits serve as … [Read more...] about Exhibition opens on Dien Bien Phu victory
Tourists visit A1 Hill, the site of a fierce fight in Dien Bien Phu valley (Source: VNA) Dien Bien (VNA) – The People’s Committee of the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien has approve a project to upgrade a number of relic sites on the former battlefield of the historic Dien Bien Phu campaign as the 65th anniversary of the victory nears (May 7, 1954-2019). From late 2018 to early 2019, the local cultural sector also conducted maintenance work on the Muong Thanh bridge, the A1 Hill and the Dien Bien Phu Victory Monument. The Dien Bien Phu Campaign lasted from March to May 1954 under the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap. Its victory on May 7, 1954 led to the signing of the 1954 Geneva Accords in which France agreed to withdraw its forces from its colonies in Indochina. The former battlefield has become a major tourist attraction in Dien Bien province.-VNA … [Read more...] about Dien Bien upgrades relics of historic Dien Bien Phu battle