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French Annam Soldiers at Ypres in 1916

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BerichtGeplaatst: 08 Jun 2010 17:58    Onderwerp: French Annam Soldiers at Ypres in 1916 Reageer met quote

During the First World War, Cochinchina (southern Vietnam) was a French colony with Tonkin and Annam (respectively northern and central Vietnam) being French Protectorates. Many Frenchmen and also large contingents of Vietnamese (described at the time as being Annamese) fought in the war. There has been little published on the Vietnamese soldiers who fought in the French colonial army, although there are photographs of them in many pictorial works on the war. Ton Duc Thang, who became President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (north Vietnam) on the death of Ho Chi Minh in 1969, served in the French navy during the First World War. He participated in the mutiny of French sailors at Sevastopol on the Black Sea in April 1919, and was dismissed from the navy -there is now a museum in his honour in Ho Chi Minh City (which omits mention of his career during the First World War). There are also a few books on the little-known Thai Nguyen Uprising when, on 30 August 1917, some Vietnamese guards mutinied at the Thai Nguyen Prison where many Vietnamese political prisoners were held. Led by Traih Van Can, a non-commissioned officer, it failed. Ho Chi Minh was probably in London during some, if not the greater part of the war. What little is known of his time during the war is described in Ho Chi Minh by William Duiker (number 365). Duiker suggests that Ho Chi Minh may have gone to France in December 1917. He was certainly there in the following year.

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