The Hanoitimes - Visitors could get a look back at the glorious days of Hanoi in the “Dien Bien Phu battlefield in the air” at the exhibition "Recalling memories" in Hoa Lo prison relic site.
In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory in the air, Hoa Lo prison relic management board hosts a display “Recalling memories”. With more than 200 photos, materials and artefacts, the display brings back memories of the past sorrow but heroic times of armed forces and people of Hanoi.
Visitors looking the photo of exhibition.
The exhibition affords Vietnamese war veterans a chance to meet and recall memories with US veterans who fought during the war in Vietnam. The exhibition features four themes: fighting B52 aircraft, Hilton Hotel - Hanoi, home return day and building a future.
Visitors contemplate valuable photos, materials and artefacts that depict a sorrowful and glorious historic times of the nation. The exhibition, themed “Recalling memories”, officially opened in Hoa Lo prison relic site on November 29.
Sergeant Robert P. Chenoweth, who was jailed in Hanoi, is delighted to meet Le Khai - a warden and former friend after nearly 50 years. Robert P. Chenoweth is moved to tears when recalling the care provided by the Vietnamese people as friends. 45 years have passed, but the Vietnamese people still have warm sentiment for peace-loving people in the US.
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the climactic confrontation of the First Indochina War between the French Union's French Far East Expeditionary Corps and Viet Minh communist-nationalist revolutionaries. It was, from the French view before the event, a set piece battle to draw out the Vietnamese and destroy them with superior firepower. The battle occurred between March and May 1954 and culminated in a comprehensive French defeat that influenced negotiations underway at Geneva among several nations over the future of Indochina.
The war ended shortly after the Battle of Dien Bien Phu and the signing of the 1954 Geneva Accords. France agreed to withdraw its forces from all its colonies in French Indochina, while stipulating that Vietnam would be temporarily divided at the 17th parallel, with control of the north given to the Viet Minh as the Democratic Republic of Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh, and the south becoming the State of Vietnam, nominally under Emperor Bao Dai, preventing Ho Chi Minh from gaining control of the entire country. The refusal of Ngo Dinh Diem to allow elections in 1956, as had been stipulated by the Geneva Conference, eventually led to the Vietnam War.