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Posted January 22, 2005
After,returning to Vietnam 4 times since 1990.I finally made it to Dien Bien Phu last february. 'Hell in a very small place' by Bernard Fall was the historic refresher book to use while visiting all the sites.After visiting Dien Bien Phu and reading Martin Windrow,one gets a much better perspective of the battle.Almost perfect.To see the RP41 route to-day with its traffic lights, the GONO headquarters well preserved,the modern airport completly surrounded by the very high hills,which are much higher than the books describe, one has to ask the question:How can professionnal military men be so dumb as to have chosen DBP and at the bottom of the valley at that, to fight a major battle? Martin Windrow's book will give you the answer.
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Posted January 16, 2014
The best work on this subject that I've come across. Anyone interested in this subject or military history in general will appreciate the amazing work put into this book. A much overlooked and heroic battle by both sides and the forerunner to the US engagement . Also recommended: Embers Of War.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2004
This is one of the finest works of military history I have ever read. The author's deep understanding of the political and cultural world of Indochina in the 20th century is astonishing. The sympathy which he evinces for the soldiers of both armies is touching in its evident sincerity. The story of the battle of Dien Bien Phu itself is told with an almost lyrical eloquence. The French Union defenders of Dien Bien Phu live on in this book, perhaps forever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.