Happy birthday Võ Nguyên Giáp! Võ Nguyên Giáp was born August 25, 1911 and is still living.
A world-historic figure, he was the Vietnamese military leader primarily responsible (along with Ho Chi Minh) for the Vietnamese people’s heroic defeat of both the French and U.S. imperialists. He credits Marxism-Leninism and the protracted people’s war strategy for their ability to defeat their militarily much stronger adversaries. He participated in the following historically significant battles: Lạng Sơn (1950); Hòa Bình (1951–1952); Điện Biên Phủ (1954); the Tết Offensive (1968); the Easter Offensive (1972); and the final Hồ Chí Minh Campaign (1975). Giáp was also a journalist, an interior minister in President Hồ Chí Minh’s Việt Minh government, the military commander of the Việt Minh, the commander of the Vietnam People’s Army (PAVN), and defense minister. He also served as a member of the Politburo of the Vietnam Workers’ Party, which in 1976 became the Communist Party of Vietnam. He was the most prominent military commander, beside Ho Chi Minh, during the Vietnam war and was responsible for major operations and leadership until the war ended.
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)