25 Aug '11, 1pm

Vietnam hero General Giap turns 100

Vietnam hero General Giap turns 100

General Vo Nguyen Giap (above), a hero of the Vietnamese revolution and considered one of history's greatest military strategists, quietly marked his 100th birthday on Thursday in a Hanoi military hospital. -- PHOTO: AFP HANOI (AFP) - General Vo Nguyen Giap, a hero of the Vietnamese revolution and considered one of history's greatest military strategists, quietly marked his 100th birthday on Thursday in a Hanoi military hospital. Gen Giap shocked the world with his peasant army's victory over French colonial forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, a success critical in Vietnam's emergence as an independent nation, which ended French rule in Indochina. 'He's a mythic, heroic figure for Vietnam", said Carl Thayer, an Australia-based scholar of the country. Gen Giap is second only to late founding father Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's most revered figure, in the nation's affections.

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