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Supplies being dropped for the surrounded French garrison at Dien Bien Phu, 1954

Supplies being dropped for the surrounded French garrison at Dien Bien Phu, 1954

Genevieve de Galard, a French flight nurse during the Vietnam war, won the Croix de Guerre and the name "The Angel of Dien Bien phu"

Genevieve de Galard, a French flight nurse during the Vietnam war, won the Croix de Guerre and the name "The Angel of Dien Bien phu"

WW1 - French soldiers carrying a wounded soldier through the mud of the trenches.

WW1 - French soldiers carrying a wounded soldier through the mud of the trenches.

The French government had committed 10,000 troops, with reinforcements totaling nearly 16,000 men. The garrison of Dien Bien Phu consisted of French regular troops (notably elite paratroop units plus artillery), Foreign Legion units, Algerian and Moroccan tirailleurs, and locally recruited Indochinese infantry. All the French troops were commanded by General Christian de Castries and General Pierre Langlais.

The French government had committed 10,000 troops, with reinforcements totaling nearly 16,000 men. The garrison of Dien Bien Phu consisted of French regular troops (notably elite paratroop units plus artillery), Foreign Legion units, Algerian and Moroccan tirailleurs, and locally recruited Indochinese infantry. All the French troops were commanded by General Christian de Castries and General Pierre Langlais.

French troops, Dien Bien Phu - Vietnam War

French troops, Dien Bien Phu - Vietnam War

Burial of French soldiers 157th Chasseurs Alpins in a shell hole at Bouconville…

Burial of French soldiers 157th Chasseurs Alpins in a shell hole at Bouconville…

During the French Indochina colonial period, Dien Bien Phu was the capital of the province of Dien Bien, located in the North of Vietnam, ne...

During the French Indochina colonial period, Dien Bien Phu was the capital of the province of Dien Bien, located in the North of Vietnam, ne...

French Legionnaires parachutists at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam, Indochina War, 1954

French Legionnaires parachutists at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam, Indochina War, 1954

History Wars. WW I. Soldiers firing from a trench.

History Wars. WW I. Soldiers firing from a trench.

Dien Bien Phu, some pictures in memory -  Units relieving and first operations around the base, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Dien Bien Phu, some pictures in memory - Units relieving and first operations around the base, pin by Paolo Marzioli

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