February 12

While Vietnam was resisting France, President Ho Chi Minh wrote to the Cambodian Government, praising it for the establishment of the Vietnam-Cambodia-Laos Liberation Committee.

An Indian girl presents flowers to President Ho Chi Minh during his visit to India in February 1958.

He said: “We will win and achieve independence since we have high fighting spirit and now cooperate closely.”
The committee reflected the cooperation between the peoples of the three Indochinese countries for a battle against a common enemy for the common cause of liberation.
The President signed an important decree, No. 20/SL, to encourage all people to join a general counterattack.
The decree said: “Every person’s physical, material, and financial resources are placed under special laws during war.”
After following the fierce fighting going on in North Korea, he wrote an article titled “MIG” in Cuu Quoc (National Liberation) newspaper under the pseudonym of D.X.
He expressed his interest in the fighter planes used in the war, especially the Soviet MIG fighters. He had great confidence in the MIG19, which he said was quick as lightning.
Ten years later the MIGs, aided by Soviet support, helped North Vietnam defeat the US in the air.
Continuing his trip in India, he visited Bangalore city and laid a wreath at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
The city mayor concurred with Prime Minister Nehru who had called President Ho Chi Minh a “Person of World Peace.”
Among other events in February – though their exact dates are not know -- in 1941 Uncle Ho spent time translating the “History of Russian Communist Party” from Russian into Vietnamese to use as a document for the Vietnamese Communist Party.
In 1942 the General Committee of the Viet Minh published a book titled “History of Our Country” by Nguyen Ai Quoc (an alias of President Ho Chi Minh).
The book included 208 distichal sentences summarizing Vietnam’s history since the time of the Hung Vuong Dynasty and predicting changes that will take place in the next three years, including independence for Vietnam, which came true in 1945.

By Duong Trung Quoc* and co-writers 
*The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Hoang Yen

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