french indochina

french indochina

French Indochina

The Vietnamese people strongly had a grudge about the tyrannical rule, political and social implementations of the French.
Thus, a guerrilla-type revolutionary organization, the Viet Minh, formed to drive out the French. The organization were led by Ho Chi Minh who was the recently elected leader of North Vietnam.
The First Indochina War was almost a draw between the French and the Viet Minh from 1946 – 1950, then towards the end in 1954, the Viet Minh gained significant advances in driving out the French.
Although French had superior technology and financial aid than Viet Minh, they were greatly outnumbered in manpower.
The French also suffered from the unfamiliarity fighting style in a jungle environment.
Enemies were also hard to identify cause they looked no different than the civilians especially during the day not to mention that Viet Minh could easily recruit local fighters and were also benefited from information which the civilians provided them due to the hatred of the French occupation.
When the Chinese Communist Party won control of China in 1949, the advanced weapons gap between the two opposing sides slowly closed because China, along with the communist Soviet Union, began to supply the Viet Minh with artillery. Yet, the most impressive feat of the Viet Minh guerilla fighters was that they overtook the Red River Delta without any major battle. Their guerrilla tactics and civilian intelligence allowed the Viet Minh to defeat the French.
When the Chinese Communist Party won control of China in 1949, the advanced weapons gap between the two opposing sides slowly closed because China, along with the communist Soviet Union, began to supply the Viet Minh with artillery.
The most impressive feat of the Viet Minh guerrilla fighters was that they overtook the Red River Delta without any major battle.
Most of the fighting took places which surrounded Hanoi which was the capital of Vietnam.
Their guerrilla tactics and...

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