The Last Valley : Dien Bien Phu and the French defeat in Vietnam

Author(s): Martin Windrow

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Stalingrad in the jungle: the battle that doomed the French Empire and led America into Vietnam

In winter 1953-54 the French army in Vietnam challenged its elusive enemy, General Giap's Viet Minh, to pitched battle. Ten thousand French paras and légionnaires, with artillery and tanks, were flown to the remote valley of Dien Bien Phu to build a fortress upon which Giap could smash his inexperienced regiments. The siege which followed became a Stalingrad in the jungle, and its outcome shocked the world.

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A vivid narrative of a battle between French paratroops and the Vietnamese The first new account of the battle since the 1970s Incorporates much new material from French and Vietnamese veterans 'Mr Windrow's vivid and well-written account...His book is a tribute to his abilities both as a historian and as a writer' Economist 'This meticulous and magnificent account...It is hard to praise too highly Martin Windrow's account...Windrow is master of every detail...His book makes gripping reading' Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph.

Born in 1944 and educated at Wellington College, Martin Windrow is an Associate of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Foreign Legion Association of Great Britain. He has worked in publishing since the mid-1960s as a commissioning editor and author.

General Fields

  • : 9780304366927
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • : February 2005
  • : 216mm X 141mm X 42mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Martin Windrow
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 736