The Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936â42 (Men-at-Arms) | Israeli Paratroopers 1954â2016 (Elite) | Heroes of Telemark: Sabotaging Hitler's atomic bomb, Norway 1942â44 (Raid) | Imjin River 1951: Last stand of the 'Glorious Glosters' (Campaign) | Chinese Soldier vs Japanese Soldier: China 1937â38 (Combat) | British Destroyer vs German Destroyer: Narvik 1940 (Duel) | Sink the Tirpitz 1942â44: The RAF and Fleet Air Arm duel with Germany's mighty battleship (Air Campaign) | Operation Linebacker II 1972: The B-52s are sent to Hanoi (Air Campaign) | B-52 Stratofortress vs SA-2 âGuidelineâ SAM (Duel)
The French Indochina War (1946–54) was the largest of the first generation of post-World War II wars of decolonization as Vietminh insurgents sought to topple their French colonial masters. It was also unique in that the insurgency evolved from low-level guerrilla activity to mobile operations by a large conventional army which finally defeated a large European-led expeditionary force supported by artillery, armor, and air-power. The war's progress was almost entirely dictated by the extreme terrain, and by the Chinese support enjoyed by the Vietnamese insurgents. The actions explored in this study cover three contrasting phases of the war in Tonkin during 1948–52, setting both sides on the path that would lead to the conflict's climactic encounter at Dien Bien Phu in 1954.
Featuring specially commissioned artwork and drawing upon a range of sources, this meticulously researched study casts new light on the troops who fought on both sides in this evolving and momentous conflict.
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