Vietnam : Dien Bien Phu Battle 60th Anniversary

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Vietnam 07 May 2014 22:00

In the late 1940s, uprisings against French colonial rule started in Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos), despite financial assistance from the United States.
On May 7, 1954, the French-held garrison at Dien Bien Phu fell after a two months siege led by Vietnamese nationalist Ho Chi Minh. After the fall of Dien Bien Phu, the French pulled out of the region.
The French troops were lead by Colonel De Castries, who was named general during the battle. The Vietnamese troops were under the command of General Giáp, who became a hero of Vietnamese independence. General Giáp made history when he later defeated American troops. He died in October, 2013 at the age of 102.

It was a disaster for the French. Losses at Dien Bien Phu numbered 3-thousand killed, 8-thousand wounded, and 11-thousand captured. Viet Minh casualties are estimated at around 23-thousand. The defeat at Dien Bien Phu marked the end of the First Indochina War and spurred peace negotiations which were ongoing in Geneva. The resulting 1954 Geneva Accords partitioned the country at the 17th Parallel and created a communist state in the north, The Democratic Republic of Vietnam, led by Ho Chi Minh. The South became the Republic of Vietnam, backed by the United States and France. The resulting conflict between these two regimes ultimately grew into the Vietnam War.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory (May 7, 1954 – May 7, 2014), Vietnamese authorities marked the event with a military parade at the central stadium of the city of Dien Bien Phu and a reenactment of the campaign in the city's main square.
A new war museum was inaugurated with an official ceremony on May 5th. Officials from France and other countries where invited to the ceremony and to visit the historical sites of the battle.

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Battalions of the Vietnamese army at the Den Bien Phu Stadium. The celebrations were attended by the army and the country's highest authorities as well as French officials.

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Len Van Luyen, 83, is a Dien Bien Phu veteran from the Lao Cai province, north of Hanoi. A government organization is now taking care of them.

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The Vietnamese flag, or "red flag with a golden star", was designed in 1940. It was used during the uprising against the French colonial rule in southern Vietnam that same year. The background was inspired by the red flag used by the international communist movement since the Paris Commune in 1871. Vietnam marked the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu battle where the French were defeated on May 7, 1954.

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Women played an important role during the 1954 battle. They were supporting the Vietminh soldiers at Dien Bien Phu by carrying food and other necessities to the mountains.

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Women dressed with traditional tribal clothes. Women were supporting the Vietminh soldiers at Dien Bien Phu by carrying food and other necessities to the mountains.

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Women played an important role during the 1954 battle. They were supporting the Vietminh soldiers at Dien Bien Phu by carrying food and other necessities to the mountains. The defeat of the French led to Vietnam's independence and the partition of the country in july 1954, following the Geneva agreement.

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Soldiers and high-rank militaries from France and other countries were invited at the military parade in the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu battle.

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French trenches at the "A1 hill" also known as "Eliane hill". The hill was considered impregnable but The Viet Minh conquered it by digging tunnels and trenches to reach the main bunker.

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Mannequin of a French soldier at the war museum of Dien Bien Phu.

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Thousand of people came from all the regions to participate in the parade held at the Central Stadium of Dien Bien Phu. Vietnamese consider this annual event as part of their personal history.

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The general Giap's son Vo Dien Bien (on the left) and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam pose in front the general's statue in the occasion of the opening of the new Dien Bien Phu museum. General Giap defeated the French at Dien Bien Phu. He later defeated the American during the Vietnam war. He died in october 2013, aged 102.

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The ambassadors delegation visit "A1" also known as Eliane hill, during the 60th anniversary celebration of the Dien Bien Phu battle. They also hosted a conference on tourism development in the north west provinces of Vietnam.

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French military attache Olivier Lanfant took part in the ceremony at the French memorial in Dien Bien Phu on May 7, 2014. 3000 French soldiers died in the battle, and more than 11,000 were captured. Around 8,000 Vietminh soldiers died in the battle.

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The general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, pays his respect on a tomb of a national hero who died during the battle. Vietnam marked the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu battle where the French were defeated on May 7, 1954.

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Vietnamese veteran Phung Thanth Tan gets emotionnal has he visits the historical site of Den Bien Phu for the first time.

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Second Indochina war veterans visiting and offering incense at the Dien Dien Phu memorial on "A1 Hill" or "Eliane hill".

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The president of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang offers incense on the tomb of a Dien Bien Phu soldier. On May 7, 1954, the French-held garrison fell at Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam after a two month siege led by Vietnamese nationalist Ho Chi Minh. After the fall of Dien Bien Phu, the French pulled out of the region.
The French troops were led by Colonel de Castries, who was promoted to general during the battle. Most Vietnamese troops were under the command of General Giáp, who became a war hero. General Giáp made history when he later defeated the American troops. He died in october 2013, aged 102..

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The president of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang (first one) and the general secretary of the party Nguyen Phu Trong (second) pay tribute to the soldiers who died at the Dien Bien Phu battle at the military cemetery.

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The historical bloody battle for the conquer of "A1 Hill", also known as "Eliane Hill" was reenacted during the ceremony. Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and other government officials as well as French officials attended the performance.

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The military attache Olivier Lanfant (in the middle) took part in the ceremony at the French memorial in Dien Bien Phu.
Vietnam marked the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu battle where the French were defeated on May 7, 1954, ending the Indochina war and leading the country towards independence.

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Thousand of people came from all the regions to participate in the parade held at the Central Stadium of Dien Bien Phu. Vietnamese consider this annual event as part of their personal history.
After the country's independence in july 1954, Vietnam was devided in two along the 17th parallel. The North became the Democratic Republic of Vietnam lead by Ho Chi Minh until 1969. The south became the Republic of Vietnam backed by France and the USA. The country reunited in 1976 after a ravaging war.

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The President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang (4th from the left) and the General Secretary of the party Nguyen Phu Trong (5th from the left) pay tribute to the soldiers who died at the Dien Bien Phu battle at the military cemetery.

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The reenactment of the Dien Bien Phu battle during the ceremony. During the battle, Viet Minh soldiers used bicycles to carry more than 200 kgs of weapons and equipments throughout the mountains.

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A man showing an old map inside French commander Colonel de Castries's former bunker. Th bunker was overrun by Viet Minh troops on the 7th may 1954, ending the battle.

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Volunteers playing soldiers during the reenactment of the battle, to mark the 60th anniversary of the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

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"Soldiers" waiting their turn to enter the stage. The Dien Bien Phu battle was reenacted to mark its 60th anniversary.

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The father of the nation and hero of the independence, communist leader Ho Chin Minh. He led the independence movement from 1941 and later became the President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) from 1954 to 1969.

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The Dien Bien Phu memorial. Viet Minh troops lost around 8,000 soldiers in the battle but defeated the French.

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Thousand of people came from all the regions to participate in the parade held at the Central Stadium of Dien Bien Phu. Vietnamese people consider this annual event as part of their personal history.

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Vietnamese act as French prisoners during a show performed at Dien Dien Phu's main square. More than 11,000 French soldiers were captured by the Vietminh troops until july 1954. They were released in an exchange of prisoners when the country got his independence. Many soldiers died of illness and bad treatments during their detention.