In pictures: General Vo Nguyen Giap with President Ho Chi Minh

VietNamNet Bridge – Before historical moments of the country, President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap discussed together to make big decisions.

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President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap on September 2, 1945. The picture was taken shortly after President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence. “Just when Uncle Ho and Mr. Giap were sitting in the car and the car did not start yet, I rushed to put the camera into the door and said: “Mr. President, the platform was very crowded so I could not take a photo of you. Please let me take a picture of you.” Uncle Ho nodded his head, and he was wearing a broad-brimmed hat while it was already late afternoon. The hat hindered a lot of light. I ventured: I’m wondering whether you can take off your hat! Mr. Giap, sitting besides, smiled and took off the hat of Uncle Ho and said: “Here is the hat,” famous photographer Vo An Ninh told in the book “With You – With Life.”

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Following the call of Ho Chi Minh, the intelligence group named “Deer Team” under the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) parachuted into the Tan Trao base in July 1945 to help train Vietnamese soldiers to fight against Japanese troops. President Ho Chi Minh and General Giap took a photo with this group.

President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap in the garden of the Northern Government Headquarters at No. 2 Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi in late August 1945.

President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap in the garden of the Northern Government Headquarters at No. 2 Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi in late August 1945.

Home Affair Minister Vo Nguyen Giap (first, first row) and members of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Vietnam Democratic Republic in September 1945.

Home Affair Minister Vo Nguyen Giap (first, first row) and members of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Vietnam Democratic Republic in September 1945.

General Secretary Truong Chinh , President Ho Chi Minh, General Vo Nguyen Giap, commander in chief and member of the Standing Committee of the Party Central Committee , Le Duc Tho dinner at the Pass Re Dinh Hoa , Thai Nguyen on May 10/1948 .

General Secretary Truong Chinh , President Ho Chi Minh, General Vo Nguyen Giap, commander in chief and member of the Standing Committee of the Party Central Committee , Le Duc Tho dinner at the Pass Re Dinh Hoa , Thai Nguyen on May 10/1948 .

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap at Dinh Hoa Safety Zone in Thai Nguyen in 1947.

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap at Dinh Hoa Safety Zone in Thai Nguyen in 1947.

On the way to the northern border in 1950 for the Border Campaign, General Vo Nguyen Giap visited President Ho Chi Minh.

On the way to the northern border in 1950 for the Border Campaign, General Vo Nguyen Giap visited President Ho Chi Minh.

President Ho Chi Minh and General Giap discussed the Border Campaign plan in 1950.

President Ho Chi Minh and General Giap discussed the Border Campaign plan in 1950.

At the Viet Bac base, President Ho Chi Minh, General Giap and party leaders decided to open the Dien Bien Phu campaign in 1953.

At the Viet Bac base, President Ho Chi Minh, General Giap and party leaders decided to open the Dien Bien Phu campaign in 1953.

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In the Dien Bien Phu campaign, before the General left, President Ho Chi Minh asked: “Do you have any problem when you go to the battlefield?” The General replied: “Since it is very far, it will be very difficult to consult your opinion and the Politburo for important issues.” President Ho Chi Minh said: “I give you the right to make decisions first and report to me later.” Before parting, President Ho Chi Minh instructed: “This fight is very important. You must win.”

General Giap and his soldiers congratulated the birthday of President Ho Chi Minh in Dien Bien on May 19, 1954.

General Giap and his soldiers congratulated the birthday of President Ho Chi Minh in Dien Bien on May 19, 1954.

President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap took photos on the founding anniversary of the People's Army of Vietnam in 1962.

President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap took photos on the founding anniversary of the People's Army of Vietnam in 1962.

On January 11, 1965, President Ho Chi Minh and General, Commander in Chief Vo Nguyen Giap (second from right) met a delegation of outstanding soldiers from the south.

On January 11, 1965, President Ho Chi Minh and General, Commander in Chief Vo Nguyen Giap (second from right) met a delegation of outstanding soldiers from the south.

In April 1966, President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap met with the soldiers who shot down many U.S. planes. Photo: TTXVN

In April 1966, President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap met with the soldiers who shot down many U.S. planes. Photo: TTXVN

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