Definitions for "dien bien phu"
Keywords:  indochina, minh, vietnam, phu, bien
the French military base fell after a 56-day siege by Vietnam troops; ended the involvement of France in Indochina in 1954
A battle in northern Indochina in 1954 that pitted French soldiers against Viet Minh troops, the French garrison was surrounded and France begged for U.S. air support, but President Eisenhower refused; the subsequent French defeat made it impossible for France to continue to occupy Indochina, this led to the Geneva Accords
Most significant victory of the Viet Minh over French colonial forces in 1954; gave the Viet Minh control of northern position of Vietnam. (p. 1040)