Hell at Dien Bien Phu


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Military Illustrated - Past and Present
Vol. 190 (March 2004), p. 48-55


Fifty years ago this month, French troops were engaged in an epic struggle against the Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu. The battle would become a byword for sacrifice and ferocity. In an extract from his forthcoming book, 'Battles in Focus: Dien Bien Phu' (Brassey's), David Stone describes the 'beginning of the end' for the beleaguered French forces in March 1954