The Last Valley : Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam, Paperback

The Last Valley : Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam Paperback

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Stalingrad in the jungle: the battle that doomed the French Empire and led America into Vietnam In winter 1953-54 the French army in Vietnam challenged its elusive enemy, General Giap's Viet Minh, to pitched battle.

Ten thousand French paras and legionnaires, with artillery and tanks, were flown to the remote valley of Dien Bien Phu to build a fortress upon which Giap could smash his inexperienced regiments.

The siege which followed became a Stalingrad in the jungle, and its outcome shocked the world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 752 pages, 16, 22 maps
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9780304366927



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A wonderfully well written account of the battle of Dien Bien Phu which resulted in a French defeat and their decision to pull out of Vietnam. This is solid military history, not a political history.

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Heavy going; but you will know that if you tried to pick up the book. Highly intelligent and forensic; an absolute must for any student of the later, hip, American phase of the Vietnam war. The seeds of The US defeat were sown here had the Americans but realised. What price Afghanistan?