Episode 2.20 — February 27, 2018

Episode 2.20

The end of one war, the beginning of another war

This final episode dealing with the Geneva Peace conference which ended the First Indochina War, with the agreement to divide Vietnam into two.  A short history of North Vietnam between 1954 and 1957.  Then a look at South Vietnam under the leadership of Diem from 1954 to his murder in 1963.  A biography of Diem.

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To be published on Saturday 3rd March

Diem
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Episode 2.19 — February 23, 2018

Episode 2.19

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part six

General Giap orders the Viet Minh army to attack the French garrison on May 1st 1954, within a few days the French base is captured.  General Navarre the commander of the French Army in Indochina is replaced by General Ely, a biography of the new General.  The French Government of Laniel falls and he is replaced by Pierre Mendes France who promises to end the war in Indochina.

General Ely
Episode 2.18 — February 21, 2018

Episode 2.18

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part five

The Viet Minh took some weeks to restock their supply of Artillery and Mortar shells and received new recruits into their infantry to replace the losses they had suffered.  A biography of Colonel An who would become the new commander of the Viet Minh 174th Regiment.  There was a growing problem of French troops deserting within the Dien Bien Phu garrison.  However the French retake the hill position of Elaine One.

Episode 2.17 — February 8, 2018

Episode 2.17

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part four

Colonel Langlais becomes the effective commander of the French garrison at Dien Bien Phu in all but name, a biography of him.  On March 30th the Viet Minh attack the Dominque and Elaine positions on the eastern side of the French defences, the Viet Minh capture three hills.  The French position of Isabelle to the south is cut off.  Relations between the two most senior French commanders in North Vietnam General Navarre and Cogny grow worse.

To be published on Saturday 10th February.  The RSS link can be found in the show notes for episode 2.11

Colonel Langlais
Episode 2.16 — January 30, 2018

Episode 2.16

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part three

On March 13th 1954, the Viet Minh launch a powerful artillery attack upon the French garrison  at Dien Bien Phu.  The night the Viet Minh launch an attack on the French defensive position of Beatrice, capturing it and destroying a Foreign Legion battalion.  The next night the Viet Minh attack the Gabrielle defensive position capturing it and destroying an Algerian battalion.  A biography of the commander of the Viet Minh 312th Division, Colonel Le Tan.

To be published on Saturday 3rd February.

Episode 2.15 — January 24, 2018

Episode 2.15

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part two

The French Army at Dien Bien Phu built a series of defensive strongpoints with blockhouse, protected by trenches and barbed wire.  The French Army find it increasing difficult to launch raids into the surrounding country as the Viet Minh pour troops into the hills overlooking the French base.  A biography of General Cogny the commander of the French Army in North Vietnam.  The French Army launch an offensive in Central Vietnam.

To be published on Saturday 27th January

The RSS link can be found in the episode notes for episode 2.11

General Cogny
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu — January 16, 2018
Episode 2.14 —

Episode 2.14

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part one

On November 20th 1953, the French air force dropped parachute troops into Dien Bien Phu, a battle with local Viet Minh, they win control of the area and establish a base with a airstrip to fly in supplies.  Colonel De Castries becomes the base commander, a biography of him.  The Viet Minh seize the hills overlooking the French base and pour troops into the area.  General Giap orders a Viet Minh invasion of Laos.

The RSS link is in the show notes for episode 2.11, the episode will be published on Saturday 20th January.

Colonel De Castries
Episode 2.13 — January 9, 2018

Episode 2.13

The Navarre Plan

Opposition to the war in France grows.  General Henri Navarre is appointed as the new commander of the French Army in Indochina.  He plans to expand both French forces and those of his Vietnamese allies.  The French Army launch an operation along Highway Four near the border with China and another operation to defeat the Viet Minh 320th Division.  General Navarre plans for a French military operation to occupy a valley in North Vietnam which contains Dien Bien Phu.  A biography of General Navarre.

To be published on Saturday 13th Janaury.

General Navarre

 

Episode 2.12 —

Episode 2.12

The Battle of Na Sam

General Giap orders three regular divisions of the Viet Minh to march towards Laos.  General Salan, the commander of the French Army in Indochina orders a French offensive to attack to the North West of Hanoi but it achieves little.  General Salan orders that an outpost at Na Sam along the invasion route of the Viet Minh towards Laos be reinforced.  Attempts by the Viet Minh to take the outpost are defeated.  The Viet Minh invasion of Laos is ended when the rainy season arrives.  A biography of General Salan.

General Salan