Another account of the Dien Bien Phu battle

USMCRET

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#2
Volt, have you ever watched the Mel Gibson Movie "We were Soldiers Once?" It's the story of General Hal Moore, US Army, first major US engagement of our role/part in Vietnam. The movie has a part in it and it depicts the attack by the Vietnamese against the Legion. A good movie and bridges both worlds
 

voltigeur

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#4
Volt, have you ever watched the Mel Gibson Movie "We were Soldiers Once?" It's the story of General Hal Moore, US Army, first major US engagement of our role/part in Vietnam. The movie has a part in it and it depicts the attack by the Vietnamese against the Legion. A good movie and bridges both worlds
No, I have not seen that movie. I did see platoon and thought it was an accurate reflection of a soldiers life in a guerilla war.
 
#5
A very good and very accurate (which is not always the case with DBP Phu battle material found on the web) site.

Volt, have you ever watched the Mel Gibson Movie "We were Soldiers Once?" It's the story of General Hal Moore, US Army, first major US engagement of our role/part in Vietnam. The movie has a part in it and it depicts the attack by the Vietnamese against the Legion. A good movie and bridges both worlds
The opening scene of this movie evokes a major engagement between the French GM100 (Groupe Mobile 100) and the Vietminh forces that took place in June 1954 (so, after the end of the battle of DBP) approximately in the same region as the Ia Drang valley battle (e.g. Vietnam central highlands), when the French Command decided to evacuate to town of An Khe and bring back the GM100 to Pleiku, following the RC19 (Route Coloniale n°19).
This is historically true, however, no Legion units were involved in this battle. The GM100 main unit was the Régiment de Corée, with many veterans who had fought with the UN French Bat during the Korean War. Some time after the armistice was signed in Korea (in June 1953), the unit was sent to Indochina and became a regiment with 2 battalions, after receiving reinforcements.
 

SnafuSmite

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#6
(...) The opening scene of this movie evokes a major engagement between the French GM100 (Groupe Mobile 100) and the Vietminh forces that took place in June 1954 (so, after the end of the battle of DBP) approximately in the same region as the Ia Drang valley battle (e.g. Vietnam central highlands), when the French Command decided to evacuate to town of An Khe and bring back the GM100 to Pleiku, following the RC19 (Route Coloniale n°19).
This is historically true, however, no Legion units were involved in this battle. (...)
In the movie the two officers are wearing white képis, and the infantry are wearing red berets, it’s another case of Hollywood using creative license on historical events.
 

jonny

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#7
Yes, and the red berets have their insignia on the left side as well. All looking stupid to a legionnaire.
 

USMCRET

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#8
That's why most hate military movies and we simply do not watch, come on, how hard is it to use military advisors to get it right. I especially hate Clint Eastwood military movies, American Sniper was horrible.
 

USMCRET

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(...) The opening scene of this movie evokes a major engagement between the French GM100 (Groupe Mobile 100) and the Vietminh forces that took place in June 1954 (so, after the end of the battle of DBP) approximately in the same region as the Ia Drang valley battle (e.g. Vietnam central highlands), when the French Command decided to evacuate to town of An Khe and bring back the GM100 to Pleiku, following the RC19 (Route Coloniale n°19).
This is historically true, however, no Legion units were involved in this battle. The GM100 main unit was the Régiment de Corée, with many veterans who had fought with the UN French Bat during the Korean War. Some time after the armistice was signed in Korea (in June 1953), the unit was sent to Indochina and became a regiment with 2 battalions, after receiving reinforcements.
The white kepis through me off Rapace.
 

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