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The French Trap

Stein Tønnesson

in Vietnam 1946

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520256026
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256026.003.0006
The French Trap

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Morlière expected after November 23 that the French seizure of Haiphong and Langson will lead immediately to a general conflagration, and he concentrated on preparing his forces for responding to a Vietnamese counterattack. In Haiphong, French military intelligence laid their hands on a Vietnamese plan to attack the French garrison in Hanoi, and this reinforced the expectation that the Vietnamese would take the initiative. This would then trigger the “coups d'etat” that had been part of French planning since the cancellation of Opèration Bentrè after the March 6 accord. But the Vietnamese did not attack. Instead, they intensified their defensive preparations and put up barricades in the streets of Hanoi. The foreign consuls told Morlière that several members of the Vietnamese cabinet had expressed their desire to localize the conflict or even put an end to it.

Keywords: Vietnamese; French; coups d'etat; Morlière; Opèration Bentrè

Chapter.  28464 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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