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Street Without Joy (Paperback)

The French Debacle in Indochina

Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Vietnam

By Bernard Fall
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 416
Illustrations: 48 b/w photos, 7 drawings, 29 maps
ISBN: 9781844153183
Published: 20th October 2005
Last Released: 11th May 2022



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Originally published in 1961, before the United States escalated its involvement in South Vietnam, Street Without Joy offered a clear warning about what American forces would face in the jungles of Southeast Asia; a costly and protracted revolutionary war fought without fronts against a mobile enemy. In harrowing detail, Fall describes the brutality and frustrations of the Indochina War, the savage eight-year conflict, ending in 1954 after the fall of Dien Bien Phu, in which French forces suffered a staggering defeat at the hands of Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists.

Street Without Joy was required reading for policymakers in Washington and GIs in the field and is now considered a classic.

"A poignant, angry, articulate book" - Newsweek.

'Mr Fall's book is a dramatic treatment of a historic event graphic impact" - New York Times.

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First Indochina War: The Battle of Vinh Yen begins

13th January 1951

The Battle of Vinh Yen was a major engagement in the First Indochina War between the French Union and the Viet Minh. The French Union forces inflicted a decisive defeat on the Viet Minh forces. The victory marked a turn in the tide of the war, which was previously characterized by a number of Viet Minh victories.

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