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Giap's orders were to mobilize two armies. One, a peasant force of 20,000 women and youths, would hack new jungle routes for weapons and and the other, the regular army, would then force march twenty miles a day. Throughout the North, thousands more civilians would bring in enough rice to last the army for several months. The mobilization reached as far as Thanh Hoa province, 200 kilometers south-west of Hanoi, where the political commissar at Pho Moi village explained the orders. A hundred men were to form a 'brigade of iron horses' - bicycles - to carry the rice.

The results of an opinion poll, as reported in the New York Times of 4 February 1947, showed that thirty-six per cent of those questioned favoured force; forty-two per cent favoured negotiations and another eight per cent thought France should leave Indo-China altogether. The remaining fourteen per cent had no opinion. now a nation divided over Vietnam, as in time America would two years of combat France had sent or had readied 150,000 troops, as America would. The first wounded veterans were returning - to averted eyes.

Who could trace her who served with Joan of Arc, insisted just Genevieve - 'or if they didn't know me well, never called me "Angel". think that name [the This daughter of Vicomte Oger de Galard Terraube, lineage back five centuries to a crusader that the soldiers call her Mademoiselle. ' Genevieve inspired them - but Beatrice, Gabrielle, Anne-Marie and Dominique were gone, and the defenders clung to part of Huguette and and Isabelle to the south still secured. For four Giap had launched his second-wave offensive and the French main force was now surrounded on Eliane-l v.

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