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Giap--volcano under snow

Auteur : John Colvin
Éditeur : New York, N.Y. : Soho Press ; Distributed by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996.
Édition/format :   Livre : Biographie : AnglaisVoir toutes les éditions et les formats
Base de données :WorldCat
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Four-star General Vo Nguyen Giap led Vietnam's armies from their inception, in the 1940s, up to the moment of their triumphant entrance into Saigon in 1975. Possessing one of the finest military minds of this century, his strategy for vanquishing superior opponents was not to simply outmaneuver them in the field but to undermine their resolve by inflicting demoralizing political defeats with his bold tactics. This  Lire la suite...
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Genre/forme : Biography
Military history
Personne nommée : Nguyên Giáp Võ; Võ-nguyên-Giáp; Nguyên Giáp Võ
Type d’ouvrage : Biographie
Format : Livre
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs : John Colvin
ISBN : 1569470537 9781569470534
Numéro OCLC : 33443782
Description : xi, 336 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Contenu : I. End of One War --
II. Formation of a Revolutionary --
III. From Quiet Homes and Small Beginnings --
IV. Beginning of the Next War --
V. Fast Forward: Fifty-seven Years Later --
VI. The Formation of an Army --
VII. The French Pacify Cochinchina and the Red River Delta --
VIII. The Chinese Draw Near --
IX. The French Lose the Frontier: Hanoi Threatened --
X. General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny: Giap Goes Too Far --
XI. De Lattre Dead, Giap Retakes Hoa Binh --
XII. The Shape of Things to Come --
XIII. Back to Laos --
XIV. The Navarre Plan --
XV. Dien Bien Phu: 20 November 1953-26 April 1954 --
XVI. Dien Bien Phu: 27 April 1954-8 May 1954 --
XVII. Land Reform --
XVIII. The Rise and Fall of Ngo Dinh Diem --
XIX. Leadership and Army in the North --
XX. The Viet Cong --
XXI. Rolling Thunder --
XXII. The First Combat Troops Land --
XXIII. Let Battle Commence --
XXIV. The Bombing of the North --
XXV. Giap's Options in 1966 --
XXVI. The Spokesman --
XXVII. Pacification Versus Attrition --
XXVIII. 'Negotiations' --
XXIX. Giap's New Strategy --
XXX. The Battle for Khe Sanh --
XXXI. The Tet Offensive of 1968 --
XXXII. What Giap Wanted from Tet and What Giap Got --
XXXIII. General Abrams Takes the Chalice --
XXXIV. The view from Hanoi in 1970 --
XXXV. Laos and Cambodia: the Trail and the Sanctuaries, 1970-1 --
XXXVI. The North Vietnamese Spring 1972 offensive --
XXXVII. The Consequences of the Peace Agreement of 1973 --
XXXVIII. Giap's Battering Ram --
XXXIX. What Might Have Been --
XL. 'Beat Not the Bones of the Buried...'.
Responsabilité : John Colvin.

Résumé :

Four-star General Vo Nguyen Giap led Vietnam's armies from their inception, in the 1940s, up to the moment of their triumphant entrance into Saigon in 1975. Possessing one of the finest military minds of this century, his strategy for vanquishing superior opponents was not to simply outmaneuver them in the field but to undermine their resolve by inflicting demoralizing political defeats with his bold tactics. This was evidenced as early as 1944, when Giap sent his minuscule force against French outposts in Indochina. The moment he chose to attack was Christmas Eve. More devastatingly, in 1954 at a place called Dien Bien Phu, Giap lured the overconfident French into a turning-point battle and won a stunning victory with brilliant deployments. Always he showed a great talent for approaching his enemy's strengths as if they were exploitable weaknesses. Nearly a quarter of a century later, in 1968, the General launched a major surprise offensive against American and South Vietnamese forces on the eve of lunar New Year celebrations. Province capitals throughout the country were seized, garrisons simultaneously attacked, and perhaps most shockingly, in Saigon the U.S. Embassy was invaded. The cost in North Vietnamese casualties was tremendous but the gambit produced a pivotal media disaster for the White House and the presidency of Lyndon Johnson. Giap's strategy toppled the American commander in chief. It turned the tide of the war and sealed the General's fame as the dominant military genius of the 20th Century's second half.

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