Hill A1 - Eliane, Dien Bien Phu - review by Rusty Compass
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Hill A1 - Eliane, Dien Bien Phu

| 27 Jan 2012


Hill A1 - Eliane, Dien Bien Phu
7 May St, Dien Bien Phu
08.00 - 11.30 13.30 - 1700

Our rating
27 Jan 2012

The most important French position in the Dien Bien Phu valley, Hill A1 - known to the French as Eliane was considered impregnable.

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Hill A1, named Eliane 2 by French Colonel de Castries, still occupies the centre of Dien Bien Phu town. With its perfect views across the valley, Hill A1 was one of seven key French positions. It was the last to fall to the Viet Minh. Bernard Fall tells the harrowing story of the last days of Eliane 2 in his book Hell in a Very Small Place: The Siege at Dien Bien Phu.

The French bunkers have been recreated and there is a French tank at the top of the hill. Meaningful information is scarce.
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