Ted Morgan: Lessons from Dien Bien Phu

July 2010
Military History;Jul2010, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p12
An interview with Ted Morgan, author of the book "Valley of Death," is presented. When asked what mistakes led to the French defeat, he points out that they set up a base that could only be reached by air, never anticipating that Viet Minh artillery could render the airstrip unusable. He explains that the French guns were also left vulnerable to enemy attack since they were positioned in an open area where they can be fired in a 360-degree arc. He cites some lessons learned by the U.S. military from the French.


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