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Warspite119 Nov 2023 10:47 a.m. PST

All this was going on just before I was born in 1954.
The French disaster of Dien Bien Phu.
Given the outcome here, it makes the subsequent Vietnam War sadly inevitable in both extent and outcome. Even President Eisenhower feared deeper US involvement in the 'French' war in Vietnam.

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A very interesting documentary.


14Bore19 Nov 2023 12:07 p.m. PST

Interesting video
Maybe March next year should reread Hell in a Very Small Place

Warspite119 Nov 2023 1:18 p.m. PST



D6Craig19 Nov 2023 6:56 p.m. PST

I would also recommend Street Without Joy, also written by Bernard Fall.

Callsign 2119 Nov 2023 8:25 p.m. PST

Martin Windrow's 'The Last Valley' is a very good updated history, too.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2023 6:56 a.m. PST

Yep….second all of those suggestions

Major B23 Nov 2023 11:01 a.m. PST

Valley of the Shadow & Valley of Death, are both good reads as well. Suggest you read Fall's book first. I also liked Howard Simpson's book. But will have to say that the one I enjoyed most after Fall is Windrow's The Last Valley.

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