Why do most people think the French were easily slaughtered in Dien Bien Phu?
Initially in Dien Bien Phu the Vietnamese though that they could easily overrun the French base by sending waves of troops while bombarding the trench defenses.But when they did,they lost so much troops.The amounts of dead NVA troops were far from Vietnamese military estimates and the French
proved to be far fiercer opponents than the VIetnamese estimated!
Giap then had to change plans instead making a long line of trenches around the French base from which the Vietnamese would use as protection and reinforcement spots.
Then the battle exploded into trench warfare style.
Both the Vietnamese planned and conducted carefully calculated assaults but these assaults were beaten by the skilled French Foreign Legion 2nd REP paratroopers.In fact the battle was such a huge stale mate for days!It was when all the supply planes that the French had were shot down that the Vietnamese had the true upper advantage.They then planned huge massive assaults but such the French forces foughts so tough and fiercely with such courage and skill that thousands of NVA and Vietcong were easily getting slaughtered.Giap lost so many of his troops that he had to call large numbers of civilian peasants and farmers(which included women and children) equipped only with spear,knives and pitchforks to assist him in the battle.Even So many Vietnamese people were getting massacred and the defenses of Dien Bien Phu refused to fall.Giap then got to move artillery up to shoot the start a huge bombardment on the French defenses Fort Isabell,Fort Castille,Fort Lorraine,and the remaining defenses.Despite strong bombardment much to the shock of Giap and the NVA the forts stood for weaks.The French defenders in these forts in a hopeless situation with almost no food,ammo,and water and no hope of reinforcements.But they fought with such elite skill and courage that the forts stood for days against impossible odds.
In the end of the battle remaining NVA troops took over the bunkers of the French generals.
Contrary to popular belief,in the last days of the battles the French were ordered NOT TO SURRENDER.
The vast majority of the French soldiers courageously fought to the death.The ones captured at the end of Dien Bien Phu were almost all wounded and in bad condition.
Dien Bien Phu cost more lives than Giap and the NVA ever predicted.The place was filled with so much dead NVA troops that it completely smelled like corpse.
Vietnamese casualty counts show that Vietnamese dead exceeded the overal French casualties(including alive,POW,missing and wounded) by over 3X.It shocked the analysts of the NVA(who were expecting an easy victory).The amount of wounded and missing Vietnamese troops were ven much larger(and a large percentyage of Vietnamese would die later due to fatal wounds).
Even many of the NVA officers(including Giap) were impressed witht he toughness,skill,and sutbbonr firceness the French had shown in Dien Bien Phu.
So how come most people think DIen Bien Phu was an easy victory for the VIetnamese?How come most people think the French were easily slaughtered well in fact the Vietnamese were losing far more troops than the French?