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Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    VALLEY OF DEATH DIEN BIEN PHU WAS DOOR TO US VIETNAM

    THIS BOOK PUTS VIETNAM IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT. A MUST REED. IT SHOWS THE MILITARY BLUNDERS AND INFIGNTING BY THE FRENCH GOVT AND GENERALS, THE US FEAR OF THE DOMINO EFFECT IF VIETNAM FEL, ENGLAND LIKE FRANCE TRYING TO HOLD ON TO COLONIALIES, RUSSIA AND CHINA NOT WANTING TO HAVE THE WAR EXPAND FOR FEAR OF US NUKES, THE FALLOUT FROM KOREA THAT MADE US INVOLVEMENT IMPOSSIBLE FROM EISHENHOWER'S, CONGRESS" AND THE PENTAGON'S VIEW. GENERAL RIDGEWAY(KOREA) LED THE CHARGE TO AVOIDE SENDING TROUPS.
    SO, WHEN DIEN BIEN PHU FELL, DULLES SAID IT MAY HAVE BEEN A "BLESSING IN DISGUSE" MEANING NOW US COULD TAKE OVER THE WAR.
    MANY INTERSTING FACTS: EISEHNOWER OKAYED MATERIEL BUT FELT THE FRENCH VIOLATED BASIC MILITARY PRINCIPLES GIVING THE HIGH GROUND TO THE VIETS.
    ONLY 22% OF THE TROUPS WERE FRENCH. THE REST GERMANS, MOROCCANS, ALGERIANS AND VIETNAMESE.
    THERE WAS NO ESCAPE PLAN OTHER THAN AIR AND TROOPS CONTINUED TO BE AIR DROPPED AFTER THE BATTLE WAS LOST.
    THE TREATEMENT OF THE WOUNDED BY VIETS WAS GENOCIDE.THE LACK OF EVACUATION BY THE FRENCH WAS CRIMINAL AND THE DELAY BY GENEVA TO RESCUE THE WOUDED ON BOTH SIDES WAS A VIOLATION GENEVA ACCORDS ON TREATING THE WOUDED, MOST OF WHOM DIED OF IFECTION OR THE FORCED MARCH BY THE VIETS.
    NIXON, DULLES, JOHNSON ET AL WERE ALL INOLVED IN THIS MATTER. NIXON WANTED TO BOMB THE NORTH.
    VIET LOSSES WERE OVER 300m V 50m FRENCH,
    GENERAL NAVARE NEVER HAD LED TROUPS IN BATTLE. HIS PLAN DID NOT REALISTICALLY TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE WEATHER, ENEMY, TERRAIN AND A CONTINGENCY FOR SUCH A HIGH RISK GAMBLE. HE UNDERESTIMATED HIS ENEMY.
    A MAJOR BATTLE THAT HAS HAD MAJOR IMPACT TO THIS DAY, I.E. KOREA.
    THIS BOOK IS AMAZING, RIVETING AND EDUCATIONAL. IT IS NOT AN 'EASY ' READ BUT ONE THAT AT TIMES IS SHOCKING MILITARILY, POLIICALLY, AND INTERNATIONALLY.

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