Among more than 300 delegates, there were six historical witnesses who were former soldiers at the celebration. At the meeting, they together reviewed magnanimous periods of national fierce battle. Chief of Internal Affairs of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Mr. Tran The Luu expressed his gratitude to the entitled generation who sacrificed their lives for national liberation. This was also an opportunity to educate patriotic spirit for the young generation, emphasized he. After 56 days and nights of valiant and arduous fighting, Vietnam army destroyed all entrenched fortifications of the French colonialists, shot 62 planes and collected 62 cars and many weapons. The nine-year long Dien Bien Phu battle against the French colonialism gloriously ended that forced the French Government to sign the Geneva Agreement. BY QUANG HUY- Translated by Huyen Huong … [Read more...] about HCMC marks 65th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory
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Approximately 150 documents, photos and artifacts relating to the 1954 battle, from both Vietnam and France, are on display at an exhibition in the Museum of Dien Bien Phu Victory in the eponymous northern town. The exhibition will remain open until May 10. President Ho Chi Minh discusses strategy for the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in December 1953. General Vo Nguyen Giap (2nd, R) and other commanding officers discuss Dien Bien Phu plans in 1954. Vietnamese troops march towards the northwestern battlefield in 1954. Two-ton cannons are pulled through tough terrain to the battlefield. Soldiers share a moment of merriment in a trench. Medics tend to injured soldiers. A unit joins the battle to gain control of the Muong Thanh Bridge, carrying a flag. Vietnamese troops capture a French tank. A soldier waves a Vietnamese flag on top of General Christian de Castries's bunker on May 7, 1954, signalling the Viet Minh's victory. General de Castries and his officers are captured. Muong Thanh after … [Read more...] about A Dien Bien Phu flashback in black and white
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
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!
Muong Thanh Bridge, a historical relic site that witnessed the victorious battle of Dien Bien Phu, is gradually deteriorating. As such, the local tourism sector has been upgrading the bridge in preparation for the 65th victory anniversary celebrations next year. Muong Thanh Bridge spans over Nam Rom River. This historical relic site once witnessed the monumental victory of Dien Bien Phu in its past. Nowadays, it has become a tourism destination in Dien Bien province. However, over the years, the bridge’s condition has been rapidly deteriorating, badly in need of repair. The repair and upgrade of the bridge is projected to be completed by next January. The initial structural design is to be kept intact. The upgrade costs nearly 129,000 USD and is part of preparations for celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory on May 7 next year.–VNA … [Read more...] about Dien Bien Phu battlefield relic in repair