The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam

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In December 1953 French paratroopers, who had been searching for the elusive Vietnamese army, were quickly isolated by them and forced to retreat into their out-gunned and desolate jungle base-a small place called Dien Bien Phu. The Vietnamese besieged the French base for five long and desperate months. Eventually, the demoralized and weakened French were utterly depleted and withdrew in defeat. The siege at Dien Bien Phu was a landmark battle of the last century-the first defeat of modern western forces by an ...

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Overview

In December 1953 French paratroopers, who had been searching for the elusive Vietnamese army, were quickly isolated by them and forced to retreat into their out-gunned and desolate jungle base-a small place called Dien Bien Phu. The Vietnamese besieged the French base for five long and desperate months. Eventually, the demoralized and weakened French were utterly depleted and withdrew in defeat. The siege at Dien Bien Phu was a landmark battle of the last century-the first defeat of modern western forces by an Asian guerilla army.The Last Valley is the first new account of the battle since the 1970s. The author has incorporated much new material from French and Vietnamese sources, including veteran interviews, making this the most complete account to-date. And Martin Windrow has received widespread praise from top historians such as John Keegan and Max Hastings (below), as well as reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306814433
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/26/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 625,063
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 1.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Windrow is an associate of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Foreign Legion Association of Great Britain. He is the co-author of several well-known military reference works, including the Dictionary of Military Biography. He lives in Sussex, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    the best book about the french war

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    The best work on this subject that I've come across. Anyone inte

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    Go tell the Spartans...

    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.

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