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Immediately after the defeat at Dien Bien Phu, on March 31, 1955, an investigation committee was set up by the French government to find out the cause and the person responsible for the failure.
There have been 22 hearings conducted and all information and final conclusions are kept “confidential” for 50 years until recently announced.
At his trial, General De Castries told the French Defense Ministry investigative commission that “one can defeat an army, but they can not defeat a nation.”
General Henri Eugène Navarre of the French military once admitted that “in all aspects, the combination of politics and military was carried out by the Viet Minh with a masterly skill and the enemy was always higher than what we think “.
In 1993, during a visit to the old battleground, French Defense Minister Gen. Marcel Bigeard – former lieutenant colonel commander of the Dien Bien Phu base, once said, “If I were a Vietnamese, I would become the Viet Minh”.
De Castries once said, “I admit that General Giap is very professional and wise, General Giap is not only better than me, but also better than General Cogny and General Navarre.I am very happy to be General Giap’s opponent, be defeated directly by a talent man like General Giap, I respect and admire him. ”
Some infor from French:
you can search ‘ *Nous étions à Dien Bien Phu* ‘
On January 15, 1954, the handshake process began. Initially, each unit was assigned 20 infantry and 10 artillery units. However, after towing the test specimen, they must rapidly increase to 50, 60 and 80-100, while undergoing repairs, extensions and lower slopes. The first pull cord is braided the forest wire, then move to mobilize all the cables of the truck. On January 25, 1954, artillery was put on the battlefield, but on January 26, they were ordered to tow artillery to prepare for the new attack. Only in Division 312, had more than 200 casualties.
That’s really interesting. I don’t really know much about that period of history (except for what was in Indochine), Thanks