INTRODUCTION: The North Vietnamese Deputy Premier, and Defence Minister, General Vo Nguyen Giap arrived in Budapest on Thursday (7 April).
GV Budapest airport
GV Gen. Giap steps from aircraft and meets Minister for National Defence
GV Members of delegation being greeted by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence (3 shots)
SV Giap being presented with flowers
GV Students waving flags as band plays
GV Troops march past as Giap takes salute (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The North Vietnamese Deputy Premier, and Defence Minister, General Vo Nguyen Giap arrived in Budapest on Thursday (7 April).
SYNOPSIS: General Giap had been invited to Hungary by the Hungarian Defence Minister, General Lajos Czinege, who met him on his arrival at Budapest airport. General Giap was the insurgent leader who led the Viet Minh guerrillas against the French finally defeating them at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Using concepts formulated by the Communist Chinese his guerrillas out-manoeuvred the classically trained and more heavily-armed French army.
Also at the airport to meet General Giap was the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary, Janos Borbandy. General Giap's successes in Indo-China have made him well-known in Communist and Revolutionary countries. He's also written several widely read books on guerrilla warfare perhaps the best known being People's War, People's Army.
Before arriving in Budapest, General Giap had spent two weeks in East Germany at the invitation of the East German Defence Ministry. Little publicity was given to his East German visit but observers feel this may be due to the Defence Ministry's relatively low standing in diplomatic protocol.
While in East Germany, General Giap was received by top East German officials including the head of State, and party leader, Erich Honecker. East German reports said the East German Defence Minister, General Heinz Hoffmann, and General Giap underlined the strong ties between their countries.