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Dien Bien Phu

 (dyĕn′ byĕn′ fo͞o′)
A town of northwest Vietnam near the Laos border. The French military base here fell to Vietminh troops on May 7, 1954, after a 56-day siege, leading to the end of France's involvement in Indochina.
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Dien Bien Phu

(ˌdjɛn bjɛn ˈfuː)
n
(Placename) a village in NW Vietnam: French military post during the Indochina War; scene of a major defeat of French forces by the Vietminh (1954)
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Dien Bien Phu

(ˈdyɛn ˌbyɛn ˈfu)
n.
a town in NW Vietnam: site of defeat of French forces by Vietminh 1954, bringing to an end the French rule of Indochina.
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Noun1.Dien Bien Phu - the French military base fell after a siege by Vietnam troops that lasted 56 days; ended the involvement of France in Indochina in 1954
Annam, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Viet Nam, Vietnam - a communist state in Indochina on the South China Sea; achieved independence from France in 1945
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Though history supports that the commanding general was dismally mistaken, it is, at least, partially comprehensible that Westmoreland put his armies in motion to confront his first notions of Khe Sanh becoming the American Dienbienphu. His fatal error was to never falter in his belief that Khe Sanh was to be his and America's crowning victory.
In extant versions from the nineteenth century, (4) this story told of the divine lineage of Lao rulers descended from Khun Bulom, who came from heaven to rule at Na Noi Oui Nu or Muang Thaeng, modern-day Dienbienphu. (5) This was followed by a narrow reciting of the kings of Lan Xang beginning with Khun Lo, the eldest son of Khun Bulom.
In the Vietnam War, Operation Rolling Thunder, a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam, did not dent the Hanoi regime's determination to conquer South Vietnam and reunify the country that had been divided following France's defeat at Dienbienphu.
In the summer of 1954, after the battle of Dienbienphu, the First Indo- China War ended as a humiliating defeat for the French.
'Look, I never stopped for 25-30 years'-- he meant from the war of 1939-1945, including a stirring escape on a third try from the Nazis, distinguished service in Vietnam, including Dienbienphu and gruelling imprisonment, and then his star status much earned in the mountains and deserts of Algeria.
(68.) The Fall of Dienbienphu, TIME, May 17, 1954, http://www.time.com/ time/magazine/article/0,9171,860710-3,00.html (last visited Apr.
1954-1957: The French are defeated at Dienbienphu (dyen-byen-FOO) on May 7, 1954.