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Historic images of Vietnam war take by courageous AP photographers

French paratroopers descend on the fortified outpost at Dien Bien Phu to provide reinforcements for soldiers trying to hold out against a siege by the Viet Minh, March 16, 1954

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Who Were the Viet Minh?

The Viet Minh ended up in political control of North Vietnam, but not the south. - Three Lions / Hulton Archive via Getty Images

Seeds of Conflict 1946-1954 - First Indochina War was a struggle between Viet Minh and French for control of the country. The Viet Minh, led by Ho Chi Minh, seized the opportunity to declare Vietnamese independence on September 2nd 1945. The Chinese and British, driven by anti-communist agendas, allowed the restoration of French colonial rule, rather than leaving Vietnam in the hands of “red bandits”.