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Kings Gameday: Dien Bien Phu

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Ho Chi Minh
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Vancouver Canucks
@ Los Angeles Kings

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012, 7:00 PM PDT

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The Battle of Điện Biên Phủ 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. The battle occurred between March and May 1954 and culminated in a comprehensive French defeat that influenced negotiations over the future of Indochina at Geneva. Military historian Martin Windrow wrote that Điện Biên Phủ was "the first time that a non-European colonial independence movement had evolved through all the stages from guerrilla bands to a conventionally organized and equipped army able to defeat a modern Western occupier in pitched battle."

Hubristic Frenchmen? Check.

The importance of heavy artillery? Check.

Air support that never materialized? Check.

The glory of communism? Check.

Dismissive wanking motions? Check (probably).

Independence. Freedom. Happiness. Get it done.

Did you know that Michael J. Fox is from Vancouver? That's cool. I'm glad Daniel Sedin will have someone to talk to about his condition in about 10 years.


Prediction: Kings win, 4-2. Goals by Anze (x2), Jeff, and Daniel.