France’s final blow in the Far East
After a 55-day siege, on May 7 1954, a small French-held stronghold fell to Vietnamese troops. The colonial power’s empire in the region was no more
Author Saul David discusses the events that led up to the French defeat in his work Military Blunders. The following are facts and extracts from the book.
The French found after World War 2 that they could not reinstate their pre-war colonial rule in the Far East. The communist-dominated party Viet Minh, under Ho Chi Minh, had provided effective resistance to the Japanese during this war, and Ho filled the vacuum when the Japanese left in September 1945...