from Wilfred Burchett, North of the 17th Parallel, 1955 A sun-helmet lay on the bamboo table of a thatch-roofed hut deep in the jungle of Northern Vietnam. It was late afternoon in mid-March 1954, and somewhere overhead an aeroplane was buzzing about. It had no chance of sighting the dozen or so bamboo and thatch huts that made up the little village. Much of the jungle had been cleared away – but the smooth pillars of giant iron-woods and other jungle denizens supported a thick canopy of inter-woven broad-leaved creepers, nature's most perfect camouflage net flung over the village. A helicopter could hover a few meters over the top of that green canopy for an hour and see nothing that it covered. It was not the jungle however but the image of the sun-helmet that was to remain in my mind for many weeks that followed. My road to this jungle village had led almost directly from Panmunjom in Korea with a day or two's halt in Peking to change clothes for the difference in temperature … [Read more...] about The battle of Dien Bien Phu in a sun helmet
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65 years ago on the Muong Thanh plain, in the midst of the Northwestern mountains and forests, the Vietnamese people and armed forces, under the leadership of the Party headed by President Ho Chi Minh, fought the strategic battle of Dien Bien Phu. After 56 days of relentless, valiant and ingenious combat, on the afternoon of May 7, 1954, the Vietnamese people and armed forces defeated the French colonialists’ last-ditch effort and gained the Dien Bien Phu Victory, which resounded across the five continents and shook the world, ending the resistance war against the aggressive French colonialists and marking a great turning point in the Vietnamese people’s history of struggle for national construction and defence. The Dien Bien Phu Victory is the zenith of the Vietnamese art of war. Together with Bach Dang, Chi Lang and Dong Da, the Dien Bien Phu Victory has gone down in national history as an epic of great heroism with bright examples of gallantry, affirming the Vietnamese … [Read more...] about Heroic spirit of Dien Bien Phu Victory shines forever!
Winners of the cycling tournament at the podium (Photo: VNA) Dien Bien (VNA) – A cycling tournament celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory (May 7, 1954 – 2019) wrapped up in Dien Bien Phu city of the northwestern mountainous province of Dien Bien on May 6. Yedi Misamad of Loc Troi Group won the yellow jersey while Quang Van Cuong of the same team secured the blue one. Philippine cyclist Ismael Grospe earned the red jersey. [Cycling tournament commemorates Dien Bien Phu Victory] The VUS Ho Chi Minh City triumphed in team category. Meanwhile, Loc Troi Group snatched the second prize and Bike life Dong Nai took the third place. The six-day cycling event began on May 1, with four stages stretching nearly 500 km in total. It went along historical destinations of Vietnam’s northwestern region, such as Phu Cuong, Pha Din and Tang Quang mountain passes. The race attracted 70 cyclists of 10 domestic and two foreign teams of Japan and the … [Read more...] about Cycling tourney celebrating Dien Bien Phu Victory wraps up
The bicycle race to the battlefield at Dien Bien Phu has received VND500m (USD21,400) which will be used to support families of veterans. Editor-in-chief of Dantri Newspaper and director of Vietnam Fund For Learning Promotion, Pham Huy Hoan (third from left) gives VND500m to the bicycle race to Dien Bien Phu on April 24 On April 24, during the My Country music show at the Hanoi Opera House, Pham Huy Hoan, editor-in-chief of Dantri and director of Vietnam Fund For Learning Promotion, gave VND500m to the bicycle race to Dien Bien Phu held by the People's Army Newspaper. The donation came from Vong Tay Dong Doi Fund, under Vietnam Fund For Learning Promotion, which was set up in 2007 to support children of veterans and families that are under preferential policies. After two TV programmes, the fund received VND9bn (USD386,000) in donations which have been used to support disadvantaged people over the past 12 years. The race will be held in Hanoi, Hoa Binh, Son La and Dien Bien … [Read more...] about VND500m donated to Dien Bien Phu bicycle race
Visitors at the exhibition (Photo: VNA) Dien Bien (VNA) – An exhibition entitled “Dien Bien Phu – A golden page in Vietnam’s history” opened in the city of Dien Bien Phu in the northern province of Dien Bien on April 19, drawing the participation of domestic and foreign visitors. The display marks the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory which ended French colonial rule in Vietnam (1954-2019). The exhibition is comprised of three sections, featuring preparations for the Dien Bien Phu Campaign, the 56 days of the campaign, and the 1954 Geneva Conference. Nearly 150 documents, maps, and other items are on display, which have been kept in Vietnam’s archives and cultural agencies, as well as the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. Many of the documents were only decoded as recently as 2016 and are being made public in Vietnam for the first time, said Vu Nam Hai, Director of the Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum. The exhibits serve as … [Read more...] about Exhibition opens on Dien Bien Phu victory