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Diên Biên Phu 4 - Breakthrough to Isabelle - Campaign Series Vietnam 1948-1967

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Diên Biên Phu 4 - Breakthrough to Isabelle

By David Galster
France 1 - 0 - 0 N. Vietnam
Rating: 0 (0)
Games Played: 1
SM: 3
Turns: 12
Type: Stock
First Side: France
Second Side: N. Vietnam
David Galster
22 March 1954
[Diên Biên Phu, Indochina]:
[SIDE A / H2H] [HIS] [CSL]:

As the Viet Minh began encircling Dien Bien Phu, more and more trenches appeared before French lines.

Slowly, since 19 March, the roadblock at Ban Kho Lai and Ban Nong Nhai became tighter. Daily supply convoys between Isabelle and the main fortress had increasing trouble, hacking their way through Viet Minh ambushes as they brought in wounded, and picked up supplies.

On 20 March, the French convoy broke through with only a minor skirmish, but it cost five dead, two missing, and five wounded, including 2nd Lt AG, the son of General G, CEFEO chief of staff. So, a task force was formed to clear the way.

The Foreign Legion 1e BEP would form the nucleus, with Capt V leading. Tanks of the 3/1 RCC squadron would join in the foray.

After aircraft of the 1/22 Saintonge squadron were grounded, flight and mechanic crews formed an infantry detachment, which joined the effort.

The mop-up operation began at 0730, 22 March in a heavy fog. At first, it proceeded smoothly, but as leading elements approached Ban Kho Lai, the strangulation tactics, and trench networks employed by the Viet Minh 57th Regiment became more apparent.

The 2/1 RTA, (Algerian Rifles) stationed at Isabelle were called to join the attack, along with the 3rd tank platoon also stationed there.

Viet Minh fought to the last ditch, but a breakthrough finally succeeded at 1200 hours.

[ALL: NO ECAS: NO VV] [CSEE] [1.00]
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
France Outlaw Josey Wales's Profile Outlaw Josey Wales vs. vendetta vendetta's Profile N. Vietnam France Major Victory 36 6