Dien Bien Phu 21 Nov 1953

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Dien Bien Phu
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.'provided Par- fents -donations Graham Objectives Indochina Court South Tucson ;Thomas Paratroopers Drop Into Rebel Mountain Center DIEN BIEN PHU, Indochina -- (£·) -- Thousands of and Vietnamese paratroopers have jumped deep mountain territory of the Communist-led Vietminh to a major base for new raids on their "guerrilla foes. French high command announced their forces, upported by U. S.-suppliecl fighter bombers, yesterday seized the big rebel war base of Dten Bien Phu, 180 miles west of Hanoi. Gen. Rene Cogny, French commander in north Indochina, said the capture: 1--Provides a .center of the rallying and training of partisan fighters from the pro-French Thai tribes and for raids by them and the French forces on the V i e t m i n h . 2--Removes a major threat to the Thai tribal capital of Lai Chau, 50 miles to the north. The V;ptminh failed to capture Lai Chau in their sweeping offensive last winter which seized large areas of the Thai country. 3--Takes from the rebels a pot e n t i a l springboard for a renewed attack on the kingdom of Laos, whose northern frontier is less than 10 miles south of Dien Bien Phu. 4 -- S e i z e s "highly important" V i e t m i n h base in the center of a rice-growing area and at the crossroads of supply routes to the northeast and to the south. Cogny said the French dropped "many battalions" on the broad plain a r o u n d Dien Bien Phu and t h a t they q u i c k l y captured the town and its ' a i r f i e l d . Fighter bombers flew more than 100 sorties against the area. IN PKKVroCS such paratroop raids deep in enemy territory, the French have w i t h d r a w n a f t e r destroying enemy arms and stores. This time, said Cogny, they would remain and shortly would be reinforced by air-borne troops and War. supplies poured in through the captured airfield, The French claimed to have Inflicted heavy casualties on the Red-commanded rebels. It was believed the Reds had about one of 3,000 men around the A full Vietminh division^ No. 316, is based about 50 miles' to the east. · Cogny said he felt certain most! the Thais in the Jarge areas' now held by the Vietminh would q u i c k l y to' the partisan the French plan to raise and lead, He predicted that by stages they would retake their tribal territory south of the Chinese border which the Vietminh had seized. f DIEN BIEN Phu had not .been defended against the Vietminh attack last winter. After their successes in the j Thai country, the rebels last spring turned south into Laos, i of the three French associat-! ed states of Indochina and a gateway to Thailand and Cambo- j They withdrew from in I f r o n t of the capital, Luang Pra-' without a major battle but on to large chunks of territory in northern and northeastern Laos. Dipn Bien Phti. had been one of the invasion takeoff points. Observers had anticipated the Red march -intp Laos might be resumed this winter or n e x Woman

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  1. Tucson Daily Citizen,
  2. 21 Nov 1953, Sat,
  3. Page 5

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