By John R. Nordell Jr.
Dien Bien Phu turned the positioning of the main decisive conflict of the French Indo-China struggle. certainly, the end result at Dien Bien Phu set the level for America's army involvement in Vietnam a decade later. but regardless of its significance, there's nonetheless uncertainty approximately why the French selected to make a stand at a spot that, in hindsight, concerned such risks.
In The Undetected Enemy, John Nordell examines that question through telling the entire tale of the strategic, tactical, logistical, and intelligence concerns that underlay the French determination. This e-book additionally supplies shut cognizance to the response of the Eisenhower management to the Dien Bien Phu operation, a massive a part of the tale that, in the past, has been missed. Historians have most well-liked to target the climactic siege of Dien Bien Phu within the spring of 1954, while the problem of U.S. intervention hung within the stability. The Undetected Enemy seems to be on the interval previous the conflict for the valley, while U.S. officers, together with the president, spoke back with optimism or, even worse, indifference to the French operations.
Using struggle memoirs and archived records just recently declassified, the writer weaves a compelling narrative of speedily unfolding advancements in the course of the buildup to the siege. For army lovers and historians, this tale, written from the point of view of the contributors themselves, solutions the decades-old query, "Pourquoi Dien Bien Phu?"