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Valley Of The Shadow: The Siege Of Dien Bien Phu

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Following the end of World War II, France attempted to reassert control over its colonies in Indochina. In Vietnam, this was resisted by the Viet Minh leading to the First Indochina War. By 1954, the French army was on the defensive and determined to force the Viet Minh into a decisive set-piece battle at Dien Bien Phu.

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Hardcover, 356 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Osprey Publishing Ltd.
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An Le
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This may seem like just another book on Dien Bien Phu but its more important contribution to the literature, aside from recounting operational aspects of the French and Viet Minh experiences in the valley, is its refutation of some of Bernard Fall's more speculative assertions regarding certain events during the battle. One example of this is Kevin Boylan's dismissal of Fall's claim of Christian de Castries' supposed requisition of command to Pierre Langlais. While this may seem like academic ni ...more
Keith Budzynski
This review is based on the unabridged version of the audio book. This new book updates many items from other authors that were written closer to the battle. It brings in many Vietnamese sources that were not available at the time of the other writings. While it does update several items, it is a much shorter book than "Hell in a Very Small Place" and covers many things in less details. While the authors talk about the improvements over Bernard Fall's work, I think they were very dependent on it ...more
Glenn W Simpson
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read, especially on the Viet Minh

The authors have taken advantage of the Vietnamese published books and papers not available to previous authors. Little known fact like ammo consumption, actual units involved, etc fill the picture of such great times as Last Valley, which is the best available history on the French war.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think most contemporary historians are overly critical of Bernard Fall, it's only in retrospect with newly revealed documents (that were not available to Fall) that we can now clear the record. Nevertheless, this is a very balanced, if short, history for both sides of the conflict. ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although it is really designed for someone looking for a more granular view of the battle, there are some interesting details that make it worthwhile. Just make sure it's not your first book on the topic. ...more
Steve Switzer
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Detailed interesting and slightly revisionist take on this pivotal battle
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Book! The battle of Dien Bien Phu is described in great detail. The authors used Vietnamese sources to fill in blanks left by many other books who only use French sources.
Leslie Yong
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting read on this historic turn of event that changed the course on the future of Vietnam. Very comprehensive and well researched and balanced details.
Breane Ross
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book on Vietnam. Love this book!
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