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.”
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.
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.”