France’s War in Indochina

Volume 1: The Tiger versus the Elephant, 1946–1949

Stephen Rookes

This first volume of a three-part series on the First Indochina War centers on the period between 1946-1949. A time when tensions between East and West were on the rise, the Indochina War was a colonial conflict that laid the foundations for America's war in Vietnam.
Date Published :
January 2023
Publisher :
Helion and Company
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Illustration :
100 b/w photos, 30 color photos, 5 maps, 10 graphs, 10 color ills
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781804510148
Pages : 104
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
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If America’s attempt to push back communism in Vietnam is undoubtedly the most well-known of Asian wars, it was preceded by a conflict fought by French and Vietnamese forces that resulted in the death of over 75,000 members of France’s armed forces from December 1946 to July 1954. The First Indochina War being a particularly savage conflict, it was fought by the French for similar reasons as the United States some years later. Armed forces led by Ho Chi Minh sought to impose communist doctrines in Vietnam, a move seen as unacceptable by France, and one that warranted a large-scale military encounter. Indeed, Vietnam was considered by the French as an integral part of Indochina, and France itself. The spread of communism in Indochina was not to be permitted, and neither were Ho Chi Minh’s attempts to gain independence for Vietnam through this means.

The first in a three-part series, this volume looks at what is generally seen as the first phase of the First Indochina War, a period that lasted from 1946 to 1949. Drawing on a variety of historical documents, this volume enables the reader to gain an historical perspective of the French presence in Vietnam, US support for France, the ideology and methodology of insurgents in Vietnam, as well as providing a detailed account of the battles, tactics, strategies, machines, and men that were used by both sides to further their objectives during the conflict.

About The Author

Stephen Edward Rookes is originally from Exeter in the UK, Dr. Stephen Rookes is a French writer and academic who earned his PhD from the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, France. He specialises in the history of Cuban exiles and takes a particular interest in the CIA's covert operations in Central America and in Africa. This is his second instalment for Helion’s @War series.

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