Once the Viet Minh forces, under the leadership of the legendary general Vo Nguyen Giap
, had dealt a death blow to the French colonial forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, the Eisenhower administration in Washington effectively decided to take on the white man's burden.
Le clou des relations d'amitie et de solidarite algero-vietnamiennes etait d'une part la lutte pour l'independance nationale des Vietnamiens representee aussi par les noms Ho Chi Minh et Vo Nguyen Giap
connus de tous que par ceux de localite Vietnam et Dien Bien Phu et, d'autre part la similitude de la situation des deux pays.
The military mastermind behind Vietnam's victories against the French and the Americans, General Vo Nguyen Giap
, labelled China's 1979 invasion as "dirty" and "cowardly" and a betrayal of socialist internationalism.
It was to the credit of Marshall easily among the greatest military minds since Clausewitz and Vo Nguyen Giap
that he listened very carefully to the arguments made, summarizing it as a call for the US military to leave Iraq altogether, although US tactics changed not a whit thereafter.
On the other side was General Vo Nguyen Giap
. He had fought against the Japanese Army which surrendered in 1945.
Vo Nguyen Giap
rather than from some feeble cub politicians.
The man was General Vo Nguyen Giap
, the Vietnamese military genius who had led his country to victory, first against France's attempt to reimpose colonial rule in the aftermath of the Second World War, then against the unparalleled might of the United States when it subsequently sought to permanently divide Vietnam and install a client state in Saigon.
(There were eyewitnesses and photographs; a Vietnamese 12.7 mm machine-gun round lodged in Maddox's superstructure; and in 1984 General Vo Nguyen Giap
told former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara the attack was deliberate.) The lesson for all of us is that, in professional ethics, theories are interesting but facts matter, usually decisively.
Viet Minh sources are limited to contemporary documents captured by the French, prisoner of war interrogations, and the writings of Ho Chi Minh and Vo Nguyen Giap
. Maps, tables, figures, and photographs abound to support the text.
On March 13, 1954 General Vo Nguyen Giap
launched his counter-attack, seizing position after position and pushing the French until they occupied only a small area of Dien Bien Phu.
Boot also covers insurgent invaders, like Mongols and Turks, who occupied Europe and the Middle East, the home-grown irregulars who supported the American Revolution, the Spanish guerrillas who fought Napoleon's best, as well as the methods of South Africa's Boers, the IRA, Mao Zedong, and Vo Nguyen Giap
They were not aware that in April 1973, Le Duan and General Vo Nguyen Giap
had formed a secret committee to plan the conquest of South Vietnam within a two-year period.