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MAAG Indochina 1951

In September 1950, President Truman sent the Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) to Vietnam to assist the French in their war effort.

The French Army was resistant to take U.S. advice and would not allow the Vietnamese army to be trained to use the new equipment, because it went against the French desire to solidify themselves as a colonial power; they could not do this with a Vietnamese Army.

French commanders were so reluctant to accept advice that may weaken their colonial role that they obstructed attempts by the MAAG to observe where the equipment was being sent and how it was being used.

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