These photos are selected from the book “General, Commander in Chief Vo Nguyen Giap”, which was published by the Ministry of Information and Communications this year to celebrate the General’s 100th birthday.
General Vo Nguyen Giap was born in a teacher’s family on the bank of Kien Giang
River in Le Thuy district, Quang Binh province in central Vietnam. He joined
the revolution campaign very early. Photo: General Vo Nguyen Giap,
his parents, his daughter Hong Anh (white) and his grandchildren in 1946.
General Vo Nguyen Giap, his wife – Dang Bich Ha and five children: Vo Hong Anh, Vo Hanh Phuc, Vo Dien Bien, Vo Hong Nam and Vo Hoa Binh (1963). The first articles written by Vo Nguyen Giap, with pen name Hai Thanh, on
Tieng Dan (People’s Voice) Newspaper in 1929.
In 1930, at the age of 19, Vo Nguyen Giap was arrested and detained at the Thua Phu Prison in Hue city. After taking the law degree, he became a teacher. On December 22, 1944, the Armed Propaganda Brigade for the Liberation of Vietnam
was established, with 34 soldiers, led by Vo Nguyen Giap.
On August 26, 1945, Commander-in-chief Vo Nguyen Giap passed the troop in review for the first time in Hanoi. On September 2, 1946, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam celebrated its
1st anniversary. General Vo Nguyen Giap read the order of the day of the Army Party Committee.
In 1948, at the age of 37, Vo Nguyen Giap was brevetted as High-ranking General and became the first High-ranking General of the Vietnam People’s Army. General Vo Nguyen Giap worked at the Viet Bac military base in 1949.
President Ho Chi Minh and General, Commander-in-chief Vo Nguyen Giap at
the headquarters of the Border Campaign in 1950.
General Vo Nguyen Giap inspected newly-liberated Cao Bang town in 1950. He welcomed soldiers back from the Border Campaign. General Vo Nguyen Giap and Majo general Tran Dai Nghia, head of the Military Weapon
Department, at an exhibition of weapon manufactured by Vietnam in 1950.
General Vo Nguyen Giap and Prince Souphanouvong discussed the Upper Laos Campaign 1953, which made a breakthrough for the victory of the war of resistance against the French of Vietnam and Laos.
President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap discussed the Dien Bien Phu Campaign 1954.
Commander in Chief Vo Nguyen Giap commanded to fire at 5.30pm, March 13, 1954 to open the Dien Bien Phu Campaign. The order to open the Dien Bien Phu Campaign. A 900kg explosive exploded at 8.30pm on May 6,
1954, on A1 Hill as the order of attack in Dien Bien Phu battlefield.
The General kept track of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign. He paid a visit to Dien Bien Phu after the great victory on May 7, 1954. Soldiers chaired the General at the success celebration on May 13, 1954.
The General saw war invalids after the Dien Bien Phu Campaign (1954).
He praised local people and members of the Gianh River transport team to contribute to transporting goods to the front (1968). He paid a visit to war invalids at the army hospital 108 in Hanoi on the Day for War
Invalids and Martyrs, July 27, 1969.
General Vo Nguyen Giap and other generals discussed the Road 9 – South Laos Campaign at a Truong Son forest in 1971.
He approved the plan to fight the US’ B52 aircraft in Hanoi in 1972. The General inspected Quang Ninh coast in 1973. He researched the strategic transport route of Truong Son soldier in March 1973.
He paid a visit to the elder militia unit in Hoang Hoa district, Thanh Hoa province,
which shot down US aircrafts by rifles at the parade on the National Day 1983.
The Politburo decided to carry out the General Attack to Liberate South Vietnam from December 1974 to January 1975. General Vo Nguyen Giap was a member of the General Staff of the general attack.
The Military Commission of the Central Party Committee kept track of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign 1975.
On March 10, 1977, General Vo Nguyen Giap led a military delegation to the USSR at the invitation of Marshal Dmitry Ustinov. The General and hero Pham Tuan visited the Gagarin training centre in the USSR in July 1980.
General Vo Nguyen Giap talked with President Fidel Castro during his visit to Cuba.
The General received former US Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, in 1995. In 2006, during his visit to Vietnam, Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez presented General Giap a copy of the precious sword of hero Simon Bolivar.
The General paid a visit to Dien Bien Phu battlefield in 2004.
The General took a siesta during his visit to Cu Chi Tunnel, HCM City. He met with the Vietnamese Heroic Mother Vo Thi Hoi, 96, in Cu Chi. He attended the 20th anniversary of the Liberation of South Vietnam in 1995. He still worked hard…
… or read book.
Jogging is a hobby of the General. He played piano during his free time. The moment of relax at his villa, No. 11 Phan Dinh Phung, Vung Tau city. A meal with the General and his wife.
Leaders of the Party, the State and Government visit the General very often. Mr. Truong Tan Sang
(current Vietnam’s President) visited the General in 2008.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung visited the General in 2008. VNE