Jan 19, 2021
Dien Bien Phu
Posted by John Keegan


  • Title: Dien Bien Phu
  • Author: John Keegan
  • ISBN: 9780345240644
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
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    Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics The French, apparently amateurs, chose to locate their major force deep in unfriendly territory with poor roads Keegan notes a few surreal gems The French commander, de Castries, named the numerous defensive outposts after his mistresses Unaware that the Viet Minh had artillery, the French artillery commander assumed his American made 105 mm guns could protect their vital landing strip But on the first day of the siege, the Viet Minh destroye [...]

    Au Yong Chee Tuck

    John Keegan was a consulting editor to the multiple volume series Ballantine s Illustrated History of the Violent Century in the 1970s He also contributed several titles to the series, one of which was Dien Bien Phu published in 1974 by Random House.This concise history shows the background events that led to the decision to make a stand at Dien Bien Phu It also tells the personal tragedy of the commanding officer, General Navarre who lost his only son, Lieutenant Bernard during the Indo China w [...]

    Matthew Dambro

    An early work by the dean of military historians John Keegan does a masterful job of explaining the battle of Dien Bien Phu Though too short it is the best explanation of the battle I have seen in a long time I wish I had come across it earlier The Legion Etranger and the French professional soldiers were courageous The Viet Minh under Giap were ruthless The calculus of battle changed in 1954 The decisive battle of the West was supplanted by the insurgency model of Mao We still live in the shado [...]

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