The display marks the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory which ended French colonial rule in Vietnam (1954-2019). The exhibition is comprised of three sections, featuring preparations for the Dien Bien Phu Campaign, the 56 days of the campaign, and the 1954 Geneva Conference.
Nearly 150 documents, maps, and other items are on display, which have been kept in Vietnam’s archives and cultural agencies, as well as the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. Many of the documents were only decoded as recently as 2016 and are being made public in Vietnam for the first time, said Vu Nam Hai, Director of the Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum.
The exhibits serve as valuable artefacts of the historic event and are hoped to raise patriotism and national unity amongst the youth.
The event will run until May 10 at the Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum.
The Dien Bien Phu Campaign lasted from March to May 1954 under the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap. Vietnam’s victory on May 7, 1954 led to the signing of the 1954 Geneva Accords in which France agreed to withdraw its forces from its colonies in Indochina.