Hanoi, 5 (RHC) Vietnam's Communist Party, the parliament and the country's president declared national mourning October 12 and 13, date chosen for the funeral service for Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, a military strategist of the 1955-1975 war and responsible for the victory over French troops at the 1954 Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Giap died here at the age of 102.
According to news reports at the Hanoi Military Hospital, the Vietnmese general was the first military commander to defeat a Western power in Asia.
Giap led the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, which lasted from March 13 to May 7 of 1954 and brought down French colonialism. It was at that point that U.S. intervention began, and the long war that followed.
For the subsequent two decades, Giap, who is considered as the founding father of the Vietnam People's Army, used guerrilla tactics that inspired combatants throughout the world. He again led his forces to victory with the fall of Saigon on Apr. 30, 1975.
Born in 1912, Vo Nguyen Giap, published dozens of articles and essays on military strategy.
Surveys conducted in Vietnam have found that Giap was one of the most admired figures among the Vietnamese youth after Ho Chi Minh, founder of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
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