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Sixty years ago the Viet Minh defeated the French in the battle of Dien Bien Phu, an event still celebrated today.
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In the late 1940s, France had serious difficulties controlling its colonies in Indochina - Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Despite financial assistance from the United States, nationalist uprisings against French colonial rule began to take their toll.

On May 7, 1954, the French garrison at Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam fell after a two month siege led by Vietnamese nationalist Ho Chi Minh. After the fall of Dien Bien Phu, the French pulled out of the region.

The battle proved bloody for both sides with over 30,000 casualties in less than two months. The French defeat at Dien Bien Phu marked the end of the First Indochina War and spurred peace negotiations. The resulting 1954 Geneva Accords partitioned the country at the 17th Parallel and created a communist state in the north and a capitalist country in the south. The resulting conflict between these two regimes ultimately grew into the Vietnam War.

For many Vietnamese, the battle spurred a nationalist sentiment still felt today. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu on May 5-7 the Vietnamese government invited French officials for a series of military parades, dramatic reenactments and mourning ceremonies. 


/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Len Van Luyen, 83, is a Dien Bien Phu veteran from the Lao Cai province north of Hanoi. The government helped coordinate the veterans' attendence at memorial ceremonies.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Vietnamese army battalions marched in Den Bien Phu stadium to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh retaking the city. 

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Thousands attended the parade held in Dien Bien Phu. Many in onlookers view this event as part of their personal history.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Banners and cheers celebrated the life of Ho Chi Minh, who is considered to be a national hero by many Vietnamese.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Trenches like these were considered impregnable by the French; the Viet Minh took them by digging tunnels to reach the main bunker.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

A dated map still hangs inside the former bunker of French Colonel Christian De Castires. His bunker was overrun by Viet Minh forces on May 7, 1954, ending the battle.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

The celebration included a reenactment of the Dien Bien Phu battle. The Viet Minh fighters often carried more than 200kgs of arms and material on bikes.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

The reenactment of the bloody battle for Eliane Hill was attended by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and the general-secretary of the party Nguyen Phu Trong lead the ceremony of respect at Dien Bien Phu war cemetery.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Veterans of the Second Indochina War made offerings incense at the Bien Dien Phu memorial.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

French military attache Olivier Lanfant takes part in a ceremony at the French memorial in Dien Bien Phu. Some 3,000 French soldiers died in the battle

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Foreign ambassadors visit Eliane Hill. Dien Bien Phu hosted a conference on integrated tourism development in Vietnam's north-west provinces.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

General Giap's son, Vo Dien Bien (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam pose in front of General Vo Nguyen Giap's statue, which will be displayed, along with other statues, in a new museum in Dien Bien Phu.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Women at the ceremony dressed in traditional outfits from Vietnam's hill tribes.

/Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera
The Vietnamese flag flies in Dien Bein Phu as balloons were released to commemorate the battle.
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Len Van Luyen, 83, is a Dien Bien Phu veteran from the Lao Cai province north of Hanoi. The government helped coordinate the veterans(***) attendence at memorial ceremonies.

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Vietnamese army battalions marched in Den Bien Phu stadium to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh retaking the city. 

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Thousands attended the parade held in Dien Bien Phu. Many in onlookers view this event as part of their personal history.

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Banners and cheers celebrated the life of Ho Chi Minh, who is considered to be a national hero by many Vietnamese.

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Trenches like these were considered impregnable by the French; the Viet Minh took them by digging tunnels to reach the main bunker.

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A dated map still hangs inside the former bunker of French Colonel Christian De Castires. His bunker was overrun by Viet Minh forces on May 7, 1954, ending the battle.

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The celebration included a reenactment of the Dien Bien Phu battle. The Viet Minh fighters often carried more than 200kgs of arms and material on bikes.

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The reenactment of the bloody battle for Eliane Hill was attended by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang.

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Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and the general-secretary of the party Nguyen Phu Trong lead the ceremony of respect at Dien Bien Phu war cemetery.

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Veterans of the Second Indochina War made offerings incense at the Bien Dien Phu memorial.

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French military attache Olivier Lanfant takes part in a ceremony at the French memorial in Dien Bien Phu. Some 3,000 French soldiers died in the battle

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Foreign ambassadors visit Eliane Hill. Dien Bien Phu hosted a conference on integrated tourism development in Vietnam(***)s north-west provinces.

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General Giap(***)s son, Vo Dien Bien (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam pose in front of General Vo Nguyen Giap(***)s statue, which will be displayed, along with other statues, in a new museum in Dien Bien Phu.

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Women at the ceremony dressed in traditional outfits from Vietnam(***)s hill tribes.

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Len Van Luyen, 83, is a Dien Bien Phu veteran from the Lao Cai province north of Hanoi. The veterans were coordinated by the government to attend.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/1c30c9bc7ee6080ebf484ad81aa81f65Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Len Van Luyen, 83, is a Dien Bien Phu veteran from the Lao Cai province north of Hanoi. The veterans were coordinated by the government to attend.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/ddf2a0f0459a73fa55a7ac6943defcf4

Battalions of the Vietnamese army march at Den Bien Phu stadium in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh retaking the city. .

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/ddf2a0f0459a73fa55a7ac6943defcf4Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Battalions of the Vietnamese army march at Den Bien Phu stadium in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh retaking the city. .

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/4702d50ff5df0b612ed4fb4c331075b9

Thousands attended to participate in the parade held in Dien Bien Phu. Many in attendance understood this event as part of their personal history.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/4702d50ff5df0b612ed4fb4c331075b9Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Thousands attended to participate in the parade held in Dien Bien Phu. Many in attendance understood this event as part of their personal history.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/b612d70969f6e2134e5a9d7bea754051

Banners and cheers celebrated the life of Ho Chi Minh, who is considered my many Vietnamese to be a national hero.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/b612d70969f6e2134e5a9d7bea754051Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Banners and cheers celebrated the life of Ho Chi Minh, who is considered my many Vietnamese to be a national hero.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/28eede438b68d8421902f226eaff1734

Trenches like these were considered impregnable by the French; The Viet Minh took them by digging tunnels to reach the main bunker.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/28eede438b68d8421902f226eaff1734Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Trenches like these were considered impregnable by the French; The Viet Minh took them by digging tunnels to reach the main bunker.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/21d6d4259df78f6046355397095ed305

A dated map still hangs inside the former bunker of French Colonel Christian De Castires. His bunker was overrun by Viet Minh forces on May 7th, 1954 ending the battle.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/21d6d4259df78f6046355397095ed305Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

A dated map still hangs inside the former bunker of French Colonel Christian De Castires. His bunker was overrun by Viet Minh forces on May 7th, 1954 ending the battle.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/37385eafa243caeee8fdc80fd11a4ccf

The celebration included a reenactment of the Dien Bien Phu battle. The Viet Minh often carried more than 200 kilograms of arms and material on bikes.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/37385eafa243caeee8fdc80fd11a4ccfVincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

The celebration included a reenactment of the Dien Bien Phu battle. The Viet Minh often carried more than 200 kilograms of arms and material on bikes.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/e623826ed9159514269c39fe7bf3fd96

The reenactment of the bloody battle for Eliane hill was attended by Vietnamese president Truong Tan Sang.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/e623826ed9159514269c39fe7bf3fd96Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

The reenactment of the bloody battle for Eliane hill was attended by Vietnamese president Truong Tan Sang.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/6527d1609916ebd4c18127e23150803d

The president of Vietnam Truong Tan sang (4th from left ) and the general secretary of the party Nguyen Phu Trong (5th from left) lead the ceremony of respect at Dien Bien Phu war cemetery.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/6527d1609916ebd4c18127e23150803dVincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

The president of Vietnam Truong Tan sang (4th from left ) and the general secretary of the party Nguyen Phu Trong (5th from left) lead the ceremony of respect at Dien Bien Phu war cemetery.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/c5332c61a284a27b1051e5d1b463f9a6

Second Indochina war veterans visiting and offering incense to the Bien Dien Phu memorial.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/c5332c61a284a27b1051e5d1b463f9a6Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Second Indochina war veterans visiting and offering incense to the Bien Dien Phu memorial.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/9e376ec793915227bdff33f418eac604

The military attache Olivier Lanfant take part in a ceremony at the French memorial in Dien Bien Phu. In the battle 3000 French soldiers died.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/9e376ec793915227bdff33f418eac604Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

The military attache Olivier Lanfant take part in a ceremony at the French memorial in Dien Bien Phu. In the battle 3000 French soldiers died.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/ee5791a7eb680d288c08942363b4504e

Ambassadors visit Eliane hill. Dien Bien Phu hosted a conference on integrated tourism development in Vietnam's North-West provinces.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/ee5791a7eb680d288c08942363b4504eVincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Ambassadors visit Eliane hill. Dien Bien Phu hosted a conference on integrated tourism development in Vietnam's North-West provinces.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/10c0255ce7c376e338156c1b21132bb0

The General Giap son Vo Dien Bien (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam pose in front the statue of General Vo Nguyen Giap, one of many that will be included in a new museum opening in Dien Bien Phu.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/10c0255ce7c376e338156c1b21132bb0Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

The General Giap son Vo Dien Bien (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam pose in front the statue of General Vo Nguyen Giap, one of many that will be included in a new museum opening in Dien Bien Phu.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/ea7550c6fd536d2cdca89273c67e9c47

Women at the ceremony dressed in clothes traditional of Vietnamese hill tribes.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/ea7550c6fd536d2cdca89273c67e9c47Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

Women at the ceremony dressed in clothes traditional of Vietnamese hill tribes.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/d9d04781640506755e5ae98096a5cea0

The Vietnamese flag flies in Dien Bein Phu as balloons were released to commemorate the battle.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Vietnam/slideshow/no-caption/d9d04781640506755e5ae98096a5cea0Vincenzo Floramo / Al Jazeera

The Vietnamese flag flies in Dien Bein Phu as balloons were released to commemorate the battle.



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