August 8

1946
 
President Ho Chi Minh continued to tirelessly lobby during peace negotiations in France. He visited French Overseas Minister Marius Moutet and General Pellet and received French journalist Courtade from L'Humanité.

President Ho Chi Minh visited residents in Tuyen Quang Province (filed photo)

1948
 
Speaking at the fifth Military Conference, he said, “To be successful in society, it needs to have three conditions: clement weather, favorable terrain and united people. It’s most important when all people are unanimous.
 
“In military, a general has to be wise, brave, charitable, reliable, honest and loyal.
 
“It requires:
 
1. Orders have to be adopted by all members from officials to soldiers. Reports have to be honest, rapid and essential. Rewards and punishment have to be fair.
 
2. For soldiers, if a general shares joys and sorrows with soldiers, soldiers will go wherever the general asks them to go, and will fight hard.
 
3. If soldiers are loved, trusted and respected by people, they will win.
 
4. Absolutely don’t underestimate the enemy.
 
“A proverb says “If a lion wants to catch a mouse, it has to try its best to be able to catch.” If [you] underestimate the enemy, [you] will surely lose. Political propaganda among enemy troops is defeating them without fighting.”
 
1958
 
He attended a Politburo meeting on agrarian reform.
 
He said that the issued political creed was right but it was not solid, the Party was subjective and mechanical. Though the reform had mistakes, it also gained achievements, and they must be seen.”
 
On the same day, he wrote an article, “Chemical weapons,” in Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People’s Military), warning that the enemy will use this weapon in Vietnam.
 
He said, “Military poison is a dangerous weapon, but it does not mean that it can’t be fought.”
 
1959
 
On a visit to China, he visited Ly San Mountain, Qin Shi Huang’s tomb – the first emperor of China, and poet Do Phu’s temple.
 
1968
 
He signed a decree to award an Independence Medal to central Quang Binh Province’s people and soldiers. He praised them for shooting down the 500th US fighter.


By Duong Trung Quoc and his assistants
The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Hoang Yen

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