From Haiphong to Dien Bien Phu
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|While the "American" war in Vietnam has (deservedly)
attention as one of the most important struggles in the "Cold War"
the French Indochina War of the late 40s and early 50s has largely been
overlooked - only the image of Dien Bien Phu as an example of utter
seems to have achieved any common currency.
This site is jointly written and maintained by Nowfel Leulliot (Paris, France) and Danny O'Hara (St Austell, UK). The authors both have long-standing interests in the Indochina War, and hope to bring various elements of this fascinating conflict to a wider audience. We are both wargamers as well as amateur military historians, and the intention is to include some overviews of the two military systems (French and Vietnamese) in action, with pieces on particular unit types, operations/battles, important factors controlling the actions of either side, specialist equipment/tactics developed during the war, and scenarios/ideas for wargaming the various aspects of the Indochina War. Please mail any comments, criticisms or ideas to the authors.
The site will obviously be somewhat limited initially, but it will grow as time permits. Here are the various parts which are planned for this site (look at the site map for detailed contents) :
Much of the material presented here is translated from French sources, and several bits have not appeared in English before. It is hoped that some interest in researching and wargaming this war will be started by the various pages which we intend to publish, and if anyone does "borrow" text or images from the site, we would appreciate a mention!