Dien Bien Phu, the FirstIndochina War 1946-1954

Dien Bien Phu, the FirstIndochina War 1946-1954

Author
Anthony Tucker-Jones
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4 Mushroom Heads
Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defence intelligence analyst. He has authored some 30 books and has written widely on regional conflicts.

There are many books about this battle. What marks this book out, in my opinion, is that the author does not just concentrate on the build-up and battle itself. About two thirds of the book are devoted to the actions of the French in Indochina and analysis of the consequences, and a third is given to an analysis of what the major world players were doing in Indochina and elsewhere

I thought that this short book could be a very useful introduction to the subject. It clearly lays out, over 17 chapters, the chronological sequence of events leading to the defeat of the French in Indochina, and its consequences, both in Indochina and elsewhere. It has enough content and drive to keep the reader interested, if taking the book on in an afternoon; it is also easy to read in short bursts without losing the thread. This is mainly due to its concise nature.

Overall, it’s a good book for those seeking somewhere to start reading about the myriad of Cold War proxy engagements that characterised the late 20th Century.

Dien Bien Phu, the FirstIndochina War 1946-1954 by Anthony Tucker-Jones
Pen & Sword Military,Barnsley, 2017, £14.99
128 pages including maps, illustrations, appendices, and bibliography.

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