Hell In A Very Small Place: The Siege Of Dien Bien Phu

by Bernard Fall

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The 1954 battle of Dien Bien Phu ranks with Stalingrad and Tet for what it ended (imperial ambitions), what it foretold (American involvement), and what it symbolized: A guerrilla force of Viet Minh destroyed a technologically superior French army, convincing the Viet Minh that similar tactics might prevail in battle with the U.S.

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  • On Jul 03 2016 Tom Copeland (USCG) read this book and commented:

    I had heard many times about "the disaster at Dien Bien Phu", and this book unwrapped the story for me. What I appreciated about this book was the personal nature of it; the author interviewed many of the combatants. You can hear him mourning as the ring closes around the French soldiers and as their counterbattery fire goes silent.