Vietnam Notebook: French Armed Forces in Indochina, 1945-54

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In the course of the First Indochina War the French Expeditionary Force endured terrible losses. Entire classes from the most elite military schools perished. The French were increasingly forced to fall back on locally recruited material. This tendency, which the French called jaunissement, the “yellowing” of the army, was increasingly apparent by 1952-53… MORE>>

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