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The role the Viet Minhs leadership played in the defeat of the French in the first Indochina War can be identified by examining several relevant pieces of information Firstly the personal strength of the three key figures leading the Viet Minh secondly the weakness of the French both in Indochina and domestically combined with their use of unsound badly thought-out tactics This was coupled with the large scale support of the Viet Minh by the Peoples Liberation Army PLC of China in conjunction with a breakdown in post-war colonialism worldwide All these factors must be examined to correctly identify the significance of the role of the Viet Minhs leaders Ho Chi Minh the man who established the Viet Minh VM in May 1941 probably played the greatest role of anybody in the war between 1946-54 and is now by far the most well known character of the period Ho played a cameo role in the VMs military success however he knew basic guerilla warfare tactics was extremely knowledgeable in most areas of the war and was fiercely determined You the French will kill 10 of our men and we will kill one of yours But in the end it will be the French and not us that will tire of it- Ho Chi Minh 1946 He did not even play a large role in the political leadership of the Viet Minh Hos main role was to unite the Vietnamese people under a nationalist banner belying a communist rgime He knew that to gain sufficient support he would have to appeal to the peasants who made up 90 of the population This was not difficult as the peasants were fed up with the steep land taxes inhumane working conditions and the egotistic attitude of French leaders They saw the VMs objective as a nationalist movement rather than a communist one It was also Ho Chi Minh that gained the support of
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