Vietnam celebrates the anniversary of its glorious victory and restoration of peace in Indochina

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Every year, Vietnam celebrates the anniversary of the historic “Dien Bien Phu” victory, achieved by the army and people, on May 7, 1954, which led to the signing of the Geneva Convention that ended the war and restored peace in Indochina, paving the way for the reunification of Vietnam in 1975.

After 56 days and nights of intense fighting, the Vietnamese army destroyed the stronghold of Dien Bien Phu, killed and captured 16,200 enemy forces, shot down 62 aircraft, and seized all military supplies to the French colonial forces.

This historic victory resonates clearly these days, as the nation marks 70 years of heroic fighting to which patriotism, the thirst for independence and the great leadership of President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap, along with significant international support, contributed.

The victory of Dien Bien Phu not only affected the history of Vietnam, but also changed the global situation, paving the way for national independence movements in colonial and dependent countries.

After 9 years of arduous resistance, in 1954 the Vietnamese people achieved the victory of Dien Bien Phu, thus ending the resistance against the French colonialists.

This was the first time in world history that a “colonial” army defeated a professional European army.

This victory is not only of great significance to the Vietnamese people, but also represents a strong encouragement to the peoples of other colonial countries in the world in their journey against aggressive war, seeking independence.

With the “inspiration” called Vietnam, colonized peoples in many places stood up to overthrow colonialism and regain control of the country, especially in countries colonized by the French.

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