Category Archives: Sunday Almanac

Sunday Almanac: Battle of Mao Khe (March 23 – 28, 1951)

North Vietnamese Defense Minister Võ Nguyên Giáp

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Sixty years ago this week, in the region around Hanoi in Vietnam, an important, but long forgotten, battle was being waged

It was March 23-28, 1951 in Tonkin, Indochina…

In the second attack of his general counter-offensive, Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap targets a French outpost near Haiphong in what becomes known as the Battle of Mao Khe…. More>>

Sunday Almanac: Cambodian Coup (March 18-20, 1970)

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On this date:

March 18 – 20, 1970 Prince Sihanouk of Cambodia is deposed by General Lon Nol.

Sihanouk, who had been out of the country at the time of the coup, had been walking a fine line for years between the Americans and the North Vietnamese– he allowed the U.S. to conduct strategic bombing against NVA targets inside Cambodia while at the same time he was the one who granted those same NVA troops sanctuary within his borders. Sihanouk was desperate to keep his country out of the fighting war so he played both ends against the middle, and was remarkably successful at it. In the end it was his inability, or lack of effort, to stop supplies destined for the NVA and Viet Cong from traversing his ports and countryside that finally led the US to support his removal… More>>

Vietnam Notebook: Battle of Dien Bien Phu Begins (March 13, 1954)

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March 13, 1954 – Outnumbering the French nearly five-to-one, 50,000 Viet Minh under Gen. Giap begin their assault against the fortified hills protecting the Dien Bien Phu air base….. More>>


Or Bernard Fall on the Battle of Dien Bien Phu

Vietnam Notebook: Three My Lai Heroes Honored (1998)

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On this day in 1998 the Army honored three Americans who risked their lives and turned their weapons on fellow soldiers to stop the slaughter of Vietnamese villagers at My Lai in 1968… More>>