- The movie made by Pierre Schoendoerffer is not a Hollywood movie, granted , it was made on a "shoe string" budget, although the Vietnamese government supplied 5000 soldiers to act as Vietminh troops and the French Government supplied a company of paratroopers from the 11eDP to act and do the jump shots. The Director, Schoendoerffer, was a Dien Bien Phu veterant, as Army photographer he was there in 1954.I should have worded that differently. I'm sure, there have been many movies based, or loosely based on that battle. I meant American movie. Is the French movie any good? Is it subtitled? I'd rather read subtitles, than listen to people speaking English, with French accents. I read somewhere, that over half of the Foreign Legion troops that were there, were ex Wehrmacht.
The only offensive tunnel I heard off is under Eliane 2 where a 1,5 Ton TNT mine was detonated ont the night of May 5th, the defenders had heard the digging noises of the tunnelling but lacked manpower to counter act.Poorly written books account for many mistruths on this battle. Some of those posting suffer accordingly due to this.
Kelt was kind: the flags are not mistakes nor flawed , they fakes and right out of War Market in Saigon. Every Tourist a sucker and every sucker a Tourist: the market loves Tourists.
If you read and comprehend English , the definitive book on the battle in this language is " The Last Valley". I would suggest you find the book, its quite thick and well done. It sets to record what happened and it kills off a ton of BS.
If you go to the valley, take this book. If you take Bernard Falls book...the sketches are hopelessly flawed of battle
positions. I have 14 days on the ground there, Bernards book is near useless.
By the way Kelt, what is this about a tunnel at Strongpoint Beatrice? If you can indeed confirm that, I will hunt for it
on my next and last trip to DBU.
With all the Time and Effort the Vietminh spent moving cannon and ammo into the surrounding hills....I have always wondered what the outcome would have been had the French Abandoned DBP ....leaving the Vietminh with nothing to shoot at...and all that effort wasted
The French moving to another location
The most complete book in French on the subject is "Pourquoi Dien bien Phu" written by Colonel Pierre Rocolle in 1968, he beneficiated from access to the then locked military archives and had direct discussions with most of the "junior decision makers" who led the battle when the actual top commanders had (way to late) relented control of the battle to the batallion commanders who fought it.X2 the recommendation for Martin Windrow's "The Last Valley". Having read the works of Fall, Simpson, and others, I found Windrow's to be far and above the rest, both in detail and insight.
It is indeed the 3rd company (Lientenant Trapp) of the the 6th BCCP on March 23nd, during a liaison trip to Isabelle.Kelt,
By this time in the battle, my guess that this photo is of 6th BCP or 8th Assault > they appear to be the only ones
wearing the Sausage Skin aka Brit Windproof 1944 camo uniforms , everyone else having gone over to Model 1947/52 camo uniforms. If pressed to put money on it, I say this is 6th BCP in the attack.