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Dien Bien Phu 1954

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu, a setpiece battle between French forces and the Viet Minh, was to be the downfall of French dominion in Indochina.

This cover was sent from Hanoi on 12 May 1954 by Jim Lucas as a member of the "Camp de Presse". Presumably Lucas was reporting on the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.

The French had fallen to Vo Nguyen Giap's forces on 7 May, less than a week before this cover was posted.

A 25year reporter and foreign correspondent, Jim Griffing Lucas won the Pulitzer prize for journalism in 1954. He was selected for Ernie Pyle awards during the Korean War in 1953, and the Vietnam War in 1964.

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