The Vietnam War, which lasted from 1954 to 1975, remains a defining chapter in 20th-century history. Beyond its political and social repercussions, the conflict bore witness to some defining battles that still resonate today. Let’s take a look back at these key moments, each leaving its mark on the tumultuous landscape of war.

1. Dien Bien Phu: The Fall of French Indochina (1954)

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu wasn’t just a military defeat for the French; it was a symbolic death knell for French colonialism in Southeast Asia.

In 1954, French forces, emboldened by their fortified base in the remote valley of Dien Bien Phu, sought to lure the Viet Minh, a communist Vietnamese independence movement, into a decisive battle.

French troops trenches
With Viet Minh’s relentless shelling, French soldiers seek refuge in their trenches. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

However, the Viet Minh, led by the ingenious General Vo Nguyen Giap, had other plans.