General Vo Nguyen Giap, the commander who led Vietnam to victory over the US and France, died on 4 October 2013 at Hanoi, Vietnam. He was 102 years old. He was the main commander in two crucial wars- the First Indochina War (1946–1954) and the Vietnam War (1960–1975).
Life History of General Vo Nguyen Giap
• General Vo Nguyen Giap was born on 25 August 1911 in Quảng Bình Province, French Indochina.
• He participated in some of the significant battles such as Lạng Sơn (1950); Hòa Bình (1951–1952); Điện Biên Phủ (1954); the Tết Offensive (1968); the Easter Offensive (1972); and the final Hồ Chí Minh Campaign (1975).
• Apart from being the Military Commander, he was also a journalist as well as an interior minister in President Hồ Chí Minh's Việt Minh government.
• He served as the military commander of the Việt Minh, the commander of the Vietnam People’s Army (PAVN), and defense minister.
• He also remained a member of the Politburo of the Vietnam Workers' Party. The Party eventually became the Communist Party of Vietnam in the year 1976.
• He is the most prominent military commander of Vietnam apart from Ho Chi Minh.
• He also authored extensively on military theory and strategy. Some of his works included Big Victory, Great Task; People's Army, People's War; Ðiện Biên Phủ; and We Will Win.
• He became a part of the clandestine nationalist movement at the age of 14 years.
• He founded the Viet Minh, which is dedicated to ending French colonial rule in Vietnam.