The Headquarter of Dien Bien Phu Campaign
The headquarter of Dien Bien Phu Campaign - Located in Muong Phang Commune, Dien Bien District, about 35km from the centre of Dien Bien Phu City.
Here visitors will find the hut where General Vo Nguyen Giap worked and other huts for information and military operation discussion.
Major General, Deputy Chief of Staff Hoang Van Thai, deputy head of the Chinese consultants’ group and chief of staff Mei Jiasheng and other officers left Viet Bac for Tay Bac on December 6th 1953 to make preparations for the Tay Bac Campaign in winter – spring 1953-1954.
On 5 January 1954, General Vo Nguyen Giap, Commander – in - Chief of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign and head of the Chinese consultants’ group Wei Quojing left for Tay Bac. The General’s first stop was at Tham Pua Cave. This command post had been set up as early as 7 December 1953. In this cave, on January 14th, 1954, General Vo Nguyen Giap assigned the tactical tasks for different divisions, following the guideline of “sweep attack, sweep victory” under which the battle would last 2 days and 3 nights with the D-Day set on 20 January 1954. On 17 January 1954, the Command post was moved to the area beside Huoi He Stream in Na Tau Commune. Due to some reasons, the D-Day was changed to the 25th then the 26th of January 1954. At 11.00AM, 26 January 1954, General Vo Nguyen Giap decided to swift from the strategy to “strike swiftly, win swiftly” to “strike surely, win surely”. This military order was sent to all units in Dien Bien. The Command post was situated in Na Tau from 18 January 1954 to 30 January 1954.
At night of the 30th and early of the 31st of January 1954, the Command post was moved again to Muong Phang Commune. It stayed there until 15 May 1954. This was the third and the last command post of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign. Atop the Phu Ca Mountain, General Vo Nguyen Giap had a watchtower built to get a panoramic view of Muong Thanh Field through binoculars. In this Command post one can visit:
- Sentry box No. 1
- Information Center
- Hut of Reconnaissance Operation
- Hut of General Vo Nguyen Giap, Commander-in-Chief of the Dien Bien Phu
- The 96m tunnel through the mountain, connecting General Giap’s hut with that of Chief of Staff Hoang Van Thai
- Area for Chinese consultants
- Hut of Chief of Staff Hoang Van Thai
- Meeting hall
- Political sector
The Muong Phang Command post successfully bore the historical task of liberating Dien Bien entrusted by the Party Central Committee and Uncle Ho.