Accession Number : ADA363910


Title :   The Battle of Dien Bien Phu: Strategic, Operational and Tactical Failure


Descriptive Note : Strategy research project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Shull, Patrick W.


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a363910.pdf


Report Date : 07 APR 1999


Pagination or Media Count : 47


Abstract : This strategy research project is a case-study examination of the battle of Dien Bien Phu during the French-Indochina War of 1946 to 1954. This battle was the decisive event of the war. The paper focuses on: French failure to craft a viable strategy for winning the war or this battle against their enemy, the Vietnamese communists or Viet Minh; French operational errors that helped ensure their defeat at Dien Bien Phu; and the most important tactical mistake that the French made fighting the battle. Studying the lessons learned from this battle and French failure at each level of war - strategic, operational, and tactical, will add to the professional understanding of future United States Army War College students and other interested military officers.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *MILITARY STRATEGY , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *FRANCE , *MILITARY TACTICS , LESSONS LEARNED , FAILURE , CASE STUDIES , ERRORS , MILITARY PLANNING.


Subject Categories : MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE