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General Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnamese Independance Hero is Dead

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posted on Oct, 4 2013 @ 11:48 AM
People of my generation will remember General Giap as the implementing military strategist, under Ho Chi Minh, of Vietnam's ouster of the French from that country's territory and of the 10,000 Day War to unify the country in spite of American military support for an independent South Vietnam.

For readers of French there is a very complimentary biography of the General in Le Monde at the following link.

Whichever side of the conflict one was on, Giap was highly thought of as a military leader. He was even invited to give a lecture at West Point long after the war, but declined the invitation.

He was 102 years old. Nerves of steel, balls of steel and evidently genes of steel.

Võ Nguyên Giáp (25 August 1911 – 4 October 2013)[1] was a General of the Vietnam People's Army and a politician. Giáp was a principal commander in two wars: the First Indochina War (1946–1954) and the Vietnam War (1960–1975). He participated in the following historically significant battles: Lạng Sơn (1950); Hòa Bình (1951–1952); Điện Biên Phủ (1954); the Tết Offensive (1968); the Easter Offensive (1972); and the final Hồ Chí Minh Campaign (1975).

Giáp was also a journalist, an interior minister in President Hồ Chí Minh's Việt Minh government, the military commander of the Việt Minh, the commander of the Vietnam People’s Army (PAVN), and defense minister. He also served as a member of the Politburo of the Vietnam Workers' Party, which in 1976 became the Communist Party of Vietnam.

He was the most prominent military commander, beside Ho Chi Minh, during the Vietnam war and was responsible for major operations and leadership until the war ended.

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posted on Oct, 4 2013 @ 12:20 PM
Well, in following that age old adage about 'if there is nothing nice to say.....'

I'll say this though. You are right that, regardless of side, he earned respect for being a successful General and leader of what he had. He bested us, after all...and the first to try, let alone succeed out of World War II. That took guts and a lot more. That much, indeed...He was quite a man for.

It's too bad on West Point. That would have been an interesting thing to hear from that perspective, packaged for that audience. Historic, for context. It's opportunity lost on that.

posted on Oct, 4 2013 @ 12:35 PM
reply to post by Wrabbit2000

I remembered reading about the invitation at the time and that he had declined and being very disappointed about it, because I think it would have been one of the century's most dramatic moments. It was a great compliment from West Point to the General, but in the aftermath of so many years of costly warfare, I can understand his decision.

Le Monde called him one of the greatest military strategists of the 20th century, but we must remember the thought of another great military strategist when he wanted to know if an officer up for promotion to General was "lucky", because he, Napoleon, valued luck more than ability.

Giap was lucky to be fighting the mighty United States, a country with a conscience. Had he been fighting Nazi Germany, things might have been horrifyingly different.
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posted on Oct, 4 2013 @ 02:25 PM
The right man, at the right time, at the right place. That war could have ended so much differently had someone else been in charge and the NV fought the war differently.
I think right from the start of the war the U.S. would have been happy to settle for a Korean type resolution, a divided country with a north and a south, in fact they were probably using that as the game plan for vietnam.

Love him or hate him, Giap had all the qualities of the american patriots in the revolutionary war.They both fought against bigger stronger enemies,they both lost most of the battles they fought, they both persevered and bore hardships and deplorable conditions and they both won.
You have to give credit where credit is due and that guy deserves a lot of credit.

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