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Senior General Vo Nguyen Giap The name General Vo Nguyen Giap is very conflicting some claim him to be a genius military leader and strategist and others will say he is little more than an amateur The truth may be skewed by Vietnamese propaganda looking to make a hero of General Giap to promote hope to the Vietnamese soldiers The truth remains however that General Giap did what no one thought anyone could do he challenged two of the worlds super powers at the time--he succeeded Vo Nguyen Giap was born during 1912 in the village of An Xa located in Quang Binh province Giap showed strong Confucian background through the way he presented himself and through the way he wrote this may have been inheriting from his father whom was wealthy and practiced Confucianism strongly Giap was a very active young man which may have helped him later in life as a powerful military leader At 14 he was a messenger and shortly after joined youth groups As he approached age 21 he enrolled in college and studied for three years where he was awarded a degree falling between a bachelor and Masters of Arts because Doctorate degrees were only given in France As he studied law and attended the University Giap supported himself by teaching history at a local High School Giap relates to the famous Napoleon later in life with his boldness in character and the way he fought the wars Students stated that as a teacher for the high school Giap would draw and write about Napoleon in high regards Napoleon was the famous conqueror who was known for his ways to defeat the many peoples and armies whom opposed him He was the underdog as you would say in some of his great battles Somehow he would upset the opposition with surprise tactics and unique attacks As you will later see General Giap may have learned his traits of
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