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

Martin Windrow

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Prose: non-fiction, General & world history, Military history

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 Gap'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.

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Martin Windrow

Born in 1944 and educated at Wellington College, Martin Windrow is an Associate of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Foreign Legion Association of Great Britain. He has worked in publishing since the mid-1960s as a commissioning editor and author.