DIEN BIEN PHU THE EPIC BATTLE AMERICA FORGOT PDF

View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. Dien Bien Phu is recognized as one of history's great battles. It began in November , when French paratroopers seized a small airstrip in Northwestern Vietnam. It ended in May with tens of thousands of Vietminh troops overrunning the beseiged garrison. A third of the 15, French defenders died in combat, fewer than a hundred escaped into the jungle.

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When Gen. Henri Navarre assumed command in Vietnam in May , French forces in Indochina were on the defensive. Devising a plan, he would lure the enemy into a conventional battle, where French Stanley Karnow is author and journalist who covered both the French and American wars in Indochina. Howard R. The fighting began in November , when French paratroopers seized a small airstrip in northwestern Vietnam. It ended in May with tens of thousands of Vietminh troops overrunning the besieged garrison.

A third of the 15, defenders died in combat; fewer than a hundred escaped into the jungle. Thousands more died in captivity. Dien Bien Phu is recognized as one of history's great battles and as a turning point for American policy: the French defeat led to the fateful U.

Ironically, the U. American Howard R. Simpson was there as a combat reporter and photographer. His account is a personal one - that of a man who shared meals and wine and danger with the doomed soldiers. A much-published defense expert, Simpson is uniquely qualified to tell the dramatic story of this famous last stand. Aided by interviews with dozens of survivors from both sides - including victorious Gen. Dien Bien Phu is being published on the fortieth anniversary of the French defeat and contains rare combat photos by the author and the French Foreign Legion.

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Dien Bien Phu: The Epic Battle America Forgot

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Dien Bien Phu: the Epic Battle America Forgot

When Gen. Henri Navarre assumed command in Vietnam in May , French forces in Indochina were on the defensive. Devising a plan, he would lure the enemy into a conventional battle, where French Stanley Karnow is author and journalist who covered both the French and American wars in Indochina. Howard R. The fighting began in November , when French paratroopers seized a small airstrip in northwestern Vietnam. It ended in May with tens of thousands of Vietminh troops overrunning the besieged garrison.

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