By Richard F. Newcomb
A Pictorial heritage of the Vietnam battle.
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The Mekong was a river that flowed twenty-five hundred miles from China through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, with twenty million people living along the river in poverty, hunger, and illiteracy. Imagine what could be done for these people if this mighty river could be harnessed! He would return to this theme during his own presidency. Johnson concluded his report: "I recommend that we move forward promptly with a major effort to help these countries . . — . . " At the same time, Kennedy was military establishment.
Thought it time to reassert himself; he and on June 18, existed only in To 1954, appointed With the fall of Dien Bien Phu, Bao Dai summoned Diem to his chateau near Cannes, him prime minister of Vietnam, an entity that Bao Dai's mind. the Americans, Diem seemed heaven-sent. He was a true Vietnamese, fifty- some experience in the colonial bureaucracy, and a Catholic. ) Furthermore, he had powerful American friends, among them Francis four years old, anti-French, anti-Communist, with Cardinal Spellman of New York; William O.
The French troops immediately began to build bunkers, enlarge the airstrip, and set up artillery positions. Giap welcomed the bait and began one of fifteen those military miracles akin to Hannibal's transit of the Alps. From every section of Vietnam he rallied men, women, and children to help build an iron ring around Dien Bien Phu. Using their backs, bicycles, carts, and five hundred new trucks supplied by the Soviet Union, a motley army began dragging heavy equipment over mountains and through jungles, subsisting on bags of rice carried all the way from the coastal lowlands.
A Pictorial History of the Vietnam War by Richard F. Newcomb