Despite the 65 years that have passed, the memories of Colonel Jacques Allaire – a French veteran who fought in the Dien Bien Phu campaign – have remained intact.
Colonel Jacques Allaire.
to Vietnam News Agency correspondents in France, Allaire, now 94 years old,
said that the Vietnamese soldiers were very brave and highly motivated as they
fought for the independence and freedom of the nation.
side-by-side with them were political commissars who played an important role
in encouraging their bravery and will, he stated.
time, Allaire commanded a mortar division under a battalion of paratroopers and
parachuted into Dien Bien Phu battlefield twice in December 1953 and March
the war, the French veteran visited Vietnam many times, with the most recent
trip in November 2018 when he accompanied Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to
visit Dien Bien Phu.
to him, Vietnam is a wonderful country and its people remain dynamic and
Dien Bien Phu campaign lasted for 56 days from March 13th to May 7th, 1954 in
the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien.
the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnam People’s Army won the
historical victory on May 7th, 1954, making important contributions to ending
the Indochina war with the signing of Geneva Agreement on July 20th, 1954, thus
restoring peace in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia./.
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