The vietnamese besieged the french base for five long and desperate months eventually the demoralized and weakened french were utterly depleted and withdrew in defeat the siege at dien bien phu was a landmark battle of the last century the first defeat of modern western forces by an asian guerilla armythe last valley is the first new . Plenty of books have been written on dien bien phu but i think martin windrows account of the battle is the best account of it yet the french defeat in vietnam is a classic example on how not to conduct a war the french objective was to hang onto indochina but there never was any sufficient commitment to convincingly support this objective. The last valley dien bien phu and the french defeat in vietnam is an outstanding example of the non fiction writers art i cannot imagine a better book on dien bien phu i cannot imagine a better book on dien bien phu. The last valley dien bien phu and the french defeat in vietnam cassell milita email to friends share on facebook opens in a new window or tab share on twitter opens in a new window or tab share on pinterest opens in a new window or tab. In the last valley the battle that doomed the french empire and led america into vietnam mr windrow offers a factual historical survey of the first vietnam war and the climatic battle of dien bien phu one of the most significant engagements of the twenty century but one relatively unknown or ignored by contemporary military professionals
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