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
Battle of dien bien
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!
Flowers were laid and candles were lit at the A1 Hill War Cemetery on Sunday evening to commemorate the soldiers who died during the famous battle of Dien Bien Phu. Young people lit candles at the A1 Hill War Cemetery in Dien Bien Province on May 6. Photo by TTXVN These are among activities to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory (7.5.1954 - 7.5.2018). More than 150 young people paid tribute to the fallen soldiers at the cemetery in the northern province of Dien Bien. A1 Hill War Cemetery was built in 1958 which lies 100 metres away from the A1 Hill historic site. There are 644 graves including those who died in the Dien Bien Phu battle but only four have names. A music show was also held at 7-5 Square in Dien Bien Phu City to commemorate the day. … [Read more...] about Candles lit on Dien Bien Phu Victory anniversary
An art program entitled “Unforgettable Days” was held in the northern province of Dien Bien, where the battle of Dien Bien Phu took place 64 years ago, to celebrate the victory that ousted the French from Vietnam. The gala performance to mark the 64th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory - Source: Bao Dien Bien Phu Songs and dances were performed to celebrate the previous generations’ heroic struggles and sacrifices to secure a triumph which was described as having resonated across the five continents and shook the world. With the participation of nearly 100 singers and dancers, the gala night brought the audience back to a historic period of the nation. Earlier at the A1 Cemetery for Fallen Soldiers, a candlelit vigil was held to pay tribute to those who have died for national independence. The cemetery was built in 1958 roughly 100 meters south of the A1 Hill, where the battle took place. On May 7, 1954, Vietnam secured a final victory over the French at … [Read more...] about Art program marks 64th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory
More than 100 artists and dancers of art troupes in the province joined the event. The program featured numerous songs and dances which honored heroic martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the Dien Bien Phu victory, praised the Party and Uncle Ho, and highlighted the land and people in Dien Bien. In the evening of the same day, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of Dien Bien province offered flowers and incenses at the A1 Martyrs' Cemetery. The A1 cemetery which was built in 1958 to pay tribute to soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Dien Bien Phu battle is home of 644 martyrs, including heroes To Vinh Dien, Be Van Dan, Phan Dinh Giot and Tran Can. Dien Bien province has five cemeteries with more than 6,000 graves, including three national-level ceremonies of A1, Him Lam and Doc Lap that are final resting place of soldiers who fell in the famous battle of Dien Bien Phu ; and two provincial-level cemeteries of Tong Khao where Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who died in … [Read more...] about Dien Bien marks 64th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory