The Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce holds a conference to celebrate the Dien Bien Phu Victory. (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – The Dien Bien Phu Victory which ended the French colonial rule in Vietnam (May 7, 1954) was celebrated at a conference held by the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Vientiane on May 16. More than 200 officials of the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce watched a documentary on the victory 65 years ago, which helped them understand more about the significance of the triumph to the revolutionary development of the three Indochinese nations of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, as well as the special solidarity and fighting alliance between Vietnam and Laos. Vietnamese Defence Attache in Laos Colonel Tao Van Thai said the Dien Bien Phu Victory is the win shared by the people of the Indochinese nations, and the triumph of the Vietnam-Laos special solidarity and fighting alliance. He thanked the Lao Party, State and people for their … [Read more...] about Lao ministry celebrates Dien Bien Phu Victory
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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
Colonel Jacques Allaire (Source: VNA) Paris (VNA) – Despite the 65 years that have passed, the memories of Colonel Jacques Allaire – a French veteran who fought in the Dien Bien Phu campaign – have remained intact. Talking to Vietnam News Agency correspondents in France, Allaire, now 94 years old, said that the Vietnamese soldiers were very brave and highly motivated as they fought for the independence and freedom of the nation. Moreover, remaining side-by-side with them were political commissars who played an important role in encouraging their bravery and will, he stated. At the time, Allaire commanded a mortar division under a battalion of paratroopers and parachuted into Dien Bien Phu battlefield twice in December 1953 and March 1954. After the war, the French veteran visited Vietnam many times, with the most recent trip in November 2018 when he accompanied Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to visit Dien Bien Phu. According to him, Vietnam is a wonderful … [Read more...] about Dien Bien Phu campaign in French veteran’s memory
The 94-year-old colonel and former POW accompanied French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Saturday to the remote valley where the bloody battle raged for 56 days before Vietnam's shock victory that would pave the way for the nation's independence. "This is like being in a dream, I'm thinking of my comrades, of all my men," said Allaire, who was captured by soldiers in 1954 and held for more than seven months, including a 90-day "death march" to a prison near the Chinese border. As the fate of the French became clear in March 1954, he received a written order from his commander: "Cease combat and destroy your weapons". He kept the note throughout his captivity and carried a copy of it in his jacket pocket to the battle site Saturday, an area he called "unrecognisable". "It was a small village, far from everything (in 1954). Today it's a city, which proves that Viet Minh fighters didn't fight for nothing," he said. The ferocious battle in the rugged, remote valley killed 13,000 people … [Read more...] about Painful past unearthed as French PM visits Dien Bien Phu battle site