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First Indochina War

The First Indochina War was when France tried to regain its colonies after the Japanese occupation, but the Viet Minh, used to combat japanese troops, rebelled against them. The French made their last stand at Dien Bien Phu where they where defeated with devastating losses.

After the war the Geneva Conference on July 21, 1954 make a provisional division of Vietnam at the 17th parallel with the north (see North Vietnam) being given to the Viet Minh under Ho Chi Minh and the south becoming the Republic of Vietnam under President Ngo Dinh Diem.

See also: Indochina War, Vietnam War\n