April 23, 2024

France to Bring Back Remains of Colonial Soldiers from Vietnam

(AFP) — France is to repatriate from Vietnam the our bodies of six troopers who died in Dien Bien Phu, the nation’s final stand in colonial Indochina, the defence ministry mentioned.

The operation will occur “in the coming days”, the assertion added.

Dien Bien Phu in northern Vietnam was the positioning of an epic battle in opposition to Vietnamese communist forces in 1954 that spelt the top of France’s colonial empire in Indochina.

Vietnamese fighters hemmed in French forces — geared up with superior weapons — and bombarded them with heavy artillery.

The ferocious battle within the rugged, distant valley killed hundreds of troopers on each side in below two months.

The existence of the six our bodies, “conserved in three different locations”, had been reported to the French embassy in Vietnam in 2012, 2021 and 2022, the ministry mentioned.

The Vietnamese authorities permitted the repatriation on March 25, and the our bodies had been exhumed the next day, it mentioned.

UNSPECIFIED : vietminh flag flying over french position (of General de Castries) may 07, 1954 during final assault of the battle of Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam War (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)

UNSPECIFIED : vietminh flag flying over french place (of General de Castries) might 07, 1954 throughout ultimate assault of the battle of Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam War (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)

Once again in France, consultants can have to research the stays to attempt to set up the identities of 5 of them and ensure the id of a sixth buried with a reputation, the ministry mentioned.

Families will then be allowed to declare the stays of their relations, or select to have them buried in a nationwide cemetery.

Those who remained unnamed can be laid to relaxation in a cemetery for troopers who misplaced their lives within the 1946-1954 Indochina battle.

Vietnam’s victory over the French in Dien Bien Phu led to the nation’s division into the communist-ruled north, headed by revolutionary chief Ho Chi Minh, and a pro-US southern regime.

That set the stage for twenty years of battle, which finally ended with the US defeat within the Vietnam War in 1975 and unification.

What was as soon as known as French Indochina has at the moment turn into Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Follow Breitbart London on Facebook: Breitbart London