Operation Camargue (1953) was one of the largest operations by the
French Far East Expeditionary Corps and the Vietnamese National Army in
the First Indochina War. French armored platoons, airborne units and
troops, delivered by landing craft to the coast of modern-day central
Vietnam, attempted to sweep forces of the communist Viet Minh from the
critical Route One. On 28 July the first wave reached an inland canal
without major incident, but French armored forces began to suffer a
series of ambushes as they passed through small villages. Reinforced by
paratroopers, the French and their Vietnamese allies tried to tighten a
net around the defending Viet Minh guerillas, but most escaped, along
with their arms caches. The French concluded that ensnaring operations
were impossible in the dense jungle, which slowed down troops so that
enemy forces could anticipate their movements, and they withdrew from
the operation by late summer. Viet Minh Regiment 95 re-infiltrated Route
One and resumed ambushes of French convoys, retrieving weapons caches
missed by the French forces. The regiment continued to operate in the
area as late as 1962, fighting the South Vietnamese Army.
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