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Posted by: CMB Is long overdue as a Campaign title!
Posted on: 31/05/2013 07:43:00

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Posted by: Nick Hunter
Total Posts: 55
Joined Date: Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Indeed, as Xenieze has repeatedly pointed out. It hits all the marks (interesting operation, US interest as "Vietnam:the Prequel". My best guess is that Osprey don't have anyone to write it at present
Posted on: 31/05/2013 09:50:00
Posted by: 1781
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 15 July 2020
WAY overdue to go to print.
Posted on: 31/05/2013 12:18:00
Posted by: andyana
Total Posts: 25
Joined Date: Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Couldn't Martin Windrow be tempted? It seems right up his street, seeing as how La Legion get star billing.
Posted on: 31/05/2013 16:20:00
Posted by: hobbe62
Total Posts: 66
Joined Date: Thursday, 6 October 2011
The obvious writer is Martin Windrow, but his own 752-pages book "The Last Valley (Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam)" was already released in December 2005.The following book description probably answers the question why Osprey hasn't released a CAMPAIGN book on the subject: "The Last Valley is the first new account of the battle since the 1970s. The author has incorporated much new material from French and Vietnamese sources, including veteran interviews, making this the most complete account to-date. And Martin Windrow has received widespread praise from top historians such as John Keegan and Max Hastings, as well as reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic." The book is even mentioned last in Osprey's author profile for Martin Windrow. I guess an Osprey CAMPAIGN book is more or less redundant. And with his role as a legend within Osprey's history and his continued involvement in the company's publishing plans, I would be surprised if we see a Dien Bien Phu book in the near future.
Posted on: 31/05/2013 16:56:00
Posted by: CMB
Total Posts: 10
Joined Date: Monday, 15 March 2010
Hobbe, That's all well and good, but I don't see how a Campaign title on Dien Bien Phu would be detrimental to Windrow's volume. And hey, he's already done the research for it! Add the famous Osprey 2d and 3d maps, some great battle scenes, and Bob's your uncle! I'd say it would be a bestseller. Also, some people might be a bit intimidated by a 700+ page book, and find the Campaign volume more accessible.
Posted on: 31/05/2013 21:13:00
Posted by: xeneize
Total Posts: 75
Joined Date: Friday, 18 January 2013
I read Windrow book, is very good, but only covers the french side, only have a photo of Giap in 1996, even Fall write more of the Viet Minh and Vietnam is more open now, Osprey can cover both sides.
Posted on: 31/05/2013 23:29:00
Posted by: CMB
Total Posts: 10
Joined Date: Monday, 15 March 2010
From what I remember, Bernard Fall met both Giap and Ho Chi Minh. He also made effective use of statistics.
Posted on: 01/06/2013 06:23:00
Posted by: Alessio
Total Posts: 61
Joined Date: Saturday, 28 November 2009
I ever thought that Dien Bien Phu is within the category of "big battles" (I mean important) that an editor Like Osprey MUST cover. I hope that will be taken into consideration for next year book list, considering it's the 60th anniversary!
Posted on: 01/06/2013 12:29:00
Posted by: Amaral
Total Posts: 200
Joined Date: Friday, 8 March 2013
Like the title "Verdun 1916 - They shall not pass" became a suplement to Alistair Horne's "The Price of Glory" because of its maps. A book with Osprey's beautiful 2-D maps about the French bastions would do the same for Martin Windrow's "The Last Valley".
Posted on: 04/06/2013 01:21:00
Posted by: CMB
Total Posts: 10
Joined Date: Monday, 15 March 2010
My sentiments exactly, Amaral. Not to mention the 3d maps, and the battle scenes.
Posted on: 04/06/2013 06:38:00
Posted by: America+Britian-Friends Forever!
Total Posts: 1
Joined Date: Wednesday, 5 June 2013
You think?
Posted on: 04/06/2013 22:10:00
Posted by: Amaral
Total Posts: 200
Joined Date: Friday, 8 March 2013
Yes, I do.
Posted on: 05/06/2013 01:47:00
Posted by: FJ-1973
Total Posts: 7
Joined Date: Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Support Dien Bien Phu 1954! (next year is 60 years!) one of the “classical” battles in history. About Has-been-done-argument: Dien Bien Phu 1954 has also been done by David Stone in the Battle in focus-series from Brassey´s (most of their books is also in an Osprey-version). It will not be the first time somebody publish a book in subjects where there exist other books... (And are sad that Giap never get his Command-book)
Posted on: 09/06/2013 09:15:00
Posted by: Amaral
Total Posts: 200
Joined Date: Friday, 8 March 2013
So, what is Osprey's personnel answer?
Posted on: 26/08/2013 02:48:00
Posted by: siorac54
Total Posts: 8
Joined Date: Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Support Dien Bien Phu 1954! (next year is 60 years!) one of the “classical” battles in history. Would be Dien Bien Phu 1953-54 to cover all the campaign from the Base setup until the fall. That's an unavoidable title for Campaign Series.
Posted on: 11/06/2014 17:01:00

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