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Dong Khe

Dong Khe
Dong Khe is a small townlet about 40km from Cao Bang, the road from Cao Bang to Dong Khe is virtually traffic-free road climbs through a gorge of sheer limestone cliffs before cresting the dramatic Dong Khe Pass. In 1950 this pass was the scene of a daring ambush in which the Viet Minh gained their first major victory over the French Expeditionary Force. As you enter Dong Khe, you come to a district of houses which have been miraculously preserved since the town's evacuation by the French. The war memorial is dedicated to Vietnamese soldiers who were killed during the siege of the town, the first major French defeat of the Indochina War. In the ensuing panic, forts all along the border were abandoned, an estimated six thousand French troops were killed or captured, and the Viet Minh netted 950 machine guns, eight thousand rifles and a few hundred trucks.


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