“Epic Dien Bien Phu in the Air” exhibition opens

300 documents, photos, and objects are on display at an exhibition called Epic Dien Bien Phu in the Air.

The exhibition opened at the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi on Monday to mark the 45th anniversary of the victory over the US bombardment of north Vietnam (December 18, 1972). Attending the exhibition, war hero Pham Tuan said: I was very moved to see all the objects related to the battles that I took part in. Our army made glorious victories and I was lucky to be part of that victory. I think such exhibitions will educate the younger generations about VN’s revolution and inspire patriotism and national pride in them.

In December 1972, the US air force launched its largest heavy bomber strikes since World War II to destroy major target complexes in Hanoi and Hai Phong city.

From December 18 to 30, the Vietnamese people and army shot down 81 US warplanes including 34 B52s, and captured 43 American pilots. The victory was a turning point in the long war, forcing the US to sign the Paris Agreement in January 1973, and end its war in Vietnam.

Source: VOV5