HIS 7 - To Dien Bien Phu 51-54

HIS 7 - To Dien Bien Phu 51-54 - To Dien Bien Phu 1951-1954...

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To Dien Bien Phu 1951-1954 25/01/2008 10:07:00 How was France going to escape the growing dilemma in Vietnam? “French must either commit to full-scale mobilization or withdrawal” French leadership refused to make such a decision o Full-scale mobilization would mean an unpopular draft on young men,  economic halt, reducing France’s European role by vacating troops in  Europe and sending them to Vietnam o Withdrawal would mean abandoning France’s colonial pride,  humiliation Wanted to keep control of Vietnam militarily, but also keep costs below what it  would cost to have full-scale mobilization.  Wanted to keep fighting Indochina  war as a limited colonial war.  This wouldn’t work because Vietminh had  become an efficient, mobile force. French adopted 3 strategies to try and contain cost of war o Starting in 1950, France asked US to pay for the war.  First, US  showed little sympathy – thought it was a war over colonialism which  didn’t interest US.  However, Korean War coupled with communist  takeover in China and Cold War fears changed US outlook.  America  began helping in 1950.  By 1954, US paying 85% of France’s war  costs.  France, in return, had to discard openly-colonial character of  war and claim it was about having a free Francophile government. o Avoid military draft by relying on volunteer and colonial forces.  French  volunteers army made up of professional soldiers.  54,000 French  fighting in Indochina as volunteers.  20,000 foreign legionnaires. 
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course HIST 218 taught by Professor Lieberman during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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