#101 – Ho Chi Minh V

#101 – Ho Chi Minh V

* Ho believed the army’s job was largely going to be propaganda until the conditions were right for war. * But he also decided that for propaganda purposes, they had to win a military victory within a month of being established, so on 25 December 1944 Giáp led...
#100 – Ho Chi Minh IV

#100 – Ho Chi Minh IV

* Welcome to #100! * And we are still talking about 1944! * When we finished last time, Ho Chi Minh was making his way to the Red River Delta. * The Japanese have chased the French out of Vietnam and didn’t bother to protect the northern regions. * So Ho and the ICP...
#99 – Ho Chi Minh III

#99 – Ho Chi Minh III

* On December 7 1941, Japan’s main carrier force, seeking to destroy the American fleet and thereby purchase time to complete its southward expansion, struck Pearl Harbour. * And the world celebrated. * As De Gaulle said “that’s it, the war’s over.” * He was...
#98 – Ho Chi Minh II

#98 – Ho Chi Minh II

* Ho’s speech to the French socialist congress in 1920 was 12 minutes long and delivered without notes. * It got some applause but that was about it. * He realised that French socialists were more worried about affairs at home than they were about colonialism in a...