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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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!
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
Participants in the launch of donation raising campaign have a look at the donated items relating to the Dien Bien Phu Campaign (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – A museum is calling for the donation of documents and objects linked to the Dien Bien Phu Campaign, which saw Vietnam defeating the French colonialists to put an end to their rule in Indochina in 1954. Organisations, individuals, revolutionary contributors, families of martyrs and veterans, overseas Vietnamese, and international friends were encouraged to donate documents and artefacts to the Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum, based in the northwestern province of Dien Bien, so as to help diversify evidence of the heroic period in the country’s history and educate people, especially younger generations, on patriotism and national pride. At the launch in Hanoi on March 6, the organising board received 36 documents and 22 items donated by two collectives and five individuals. They include 36 issues of the Quan doi Nhan … [Read more...] about Museum calls for donation of Dien Bien Phu Campaign-linked items