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A War of Logistics: Parachutes and Porters in Indochina, 1945-1954

Charles R. Shrader


In A War of Logistics: Parachutes and Porters in Indochina, 1945–1954, the author argues that the First Indochina War was a war of logistics in which strategic and operational plans and their outcome depended substantially on the effectiveness of the logistical organization and preparations of each side. The opposing sides brought very different logistical strengths and weaknesses in the conflict. The French employed the latest military technology, including aerial resupply, but the Viet Minh relied on simpler, proven methods, including the extensive use of human porters. In the end, the Viet ... More

Keywords: Logistics, First Indochina War, 1945–1954, French Union, Viet Minh, Aerial resupply, Porters, Dien Bien Phu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813165752
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813165752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles R. Shrader, author