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Vietnam Pays Last Respects to ‘Red Napoleon,’ Vo Nguyen Giap

14 October 2013

Vietnamese poured into the capital on Sunday to bid farewell to Vo Nguyen Giap, the general who masterminded historic defeats of France and the United States to become one of the 20th century’s most important military commanders. Crowds lined the streets of Hanoi cheering, crying and holding aloft pictures of “Red Napoleon”, a national legend with a domestic standing second only to the leader of Vietnam’s struggle against colonialism, Ho Chi Minh. Giap died on October 4, age 102, after four years in a Hanoi military hospital.—Reuters