Latest Issue

Vo Nguyen Giap

By Jay Elwes  

The military commander who gave the Communist Viet Minh victory over France in 1954, over the US in 1975 and China in 1979, has died, aged 102. He was the figurehead of the army that defeated three permanent members of the UN security council—no other modern military figure can claim any similar standing.

It was the Battle of Dien Bien Phu that secured Giap’s status. His Viet Minh forces defeated the French in that remote north-western province of Vietnam, in which enemy forces had constructed a “base aéroterrestre”. The French, commanded by an aristocract called De Castries, intended to flush…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect