Colonel de Castries' bunker, Dien Bien Phu - review by Rusty Compass
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Colonel de Castries' bunker, Dien Bien Phu

| 27 Jan 2012
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Colonel de Castries' bunker, Dien Bien Phu

Our rating
27 Jan 2012

Colonel de Castries was the French commander at Dien Bien Phu. His bunker was overrun by Viet Minh forces on 7 May 1954 ending the battle.

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The bunker from which Colonel de Castries was captured on May 7 1954 has been recreated in its actual location. There's not a whole lot to see here but if you've studied the history, the bunker and nearby Muong Thanh bridge were vital strategic positions.

There are French tanks, guns and other war junk in the surrounding fields.

Travel tips
Easily reached by bicycle from town. The French war memorial is nearby.

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