Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap is Dead
Retired Vietnamese general Vo Nguyen Giap has passed away; he was believed to be 102 years old. Giap was instrumental in building the Vietnamese communist army, started during World War II, and is famous for his victory over French troops at Dien Bien Phu in 1953. That victory led to France renouncing its colonial claims on the area comprising Vietnam. The peace accords split the country in two, with North Vietnam under a communist government. Giap was among the military leaders who oversaw the use of guerrillas and regular-force units to topple the US-supported government of South Vietnam. His death was reported by a number of Vietnamese media sources. For more information, click on the links below:
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The February 2014 issue of Vietnam magazine will have an excerpt on Giap’s role in the Tet Offensive from the new book just released: Giap: The General Who Defeated America in Vietnam by James Warren. The magazine will be on sale in early December.