Dien Bien Phu 21 Nov 1953

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Dien Bien Phu
21 Nov 1953 - some Paratroops Hit Deep In Rebel Indo-China...
some Paratroops Hit Deep In Rebel Indo-China Area By Larry Allen DIEN BIEN PHU, Indochina Indochina AP -- Thousands of ! French and Viet Namese deep into mountain territory of the an agriculture director be either of voluntary on Communist led Viet Minh to grab a major base for new raids on their guerrilla foes. The French high command announced their forces, supported supported by United States supplied supplied fighter bombers, yesterday yesterday seized the big rebel war base of Dien Bien Phu, ISO miles west of Hanoi. General Rene Cogny, the French commander in north Indo-China, said the capture: Provides a Center of. the rallying rallying and training of partisan fighters from the pro French Thai tribes and for raids, by them and the French forces the Viet Minh. Removes Major Threat Removes a major threat to the Thai tribal capital of Lai Chau, 50 miles to the north. The Viet Minh failed to capture capture Lai Chau in their sweeping sweeping offensive last Winter which seized large areas of the Thai country. Takes fr9m the rebels a potential potential springboard for a renewed renewed attack on the kingdom of Laos, whose northern frontier frontier is less than 10 .miles of Dien Bien Phu. Seizes a highly important Viet Minh base in the center a rice grow[ng area and at crossroads of supply routes the northeast and the south. Cogny said the F r e dropped many battalions on broad plain around Dien Bien Phu-and that they quickly captured the town and her airfield. Fighter b o m b e r s than 100 sorties against the area. Previously Withdraw In previous such paratroop ' ' " ' enemy territory, Los 1-B after destroying enemy and stores. This time, said Cogny, they will remain and shortly will be reinforced by airborne troops and war supplies supplies poured in through the 'tured airfield. The French claimed to have on It inflected heavy casualties the Red commanded rebels. education," in we! Minh had se i zec j, o u g h is believed the Reds have one regiment of 3,000 men around the town. Cogny said he feels certain most of the Thais in the area n ow · held by the- Viet Minh will rally quickly to the partisan bands the French plan to raise. He predicted that by stages they will retake their SLates utev win iciar\c uicn TIT*..tribal territory south .of t h Chinese border which the

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  1. The Fresno Bee The Republican,
  2. 21 Nov 1953, Sat,
  3. Page 13

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