from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the Vietnamese political and military movement that challenged the Japanese and defeated the French between 1941 and 1954.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Vietminh.


Vietnamese, short for Viet Nam Doc Lap Dong Minh Hoi, Vietnam Federation of Independence.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • In fact, the Vietminh were a much stronger and potent ally than the French, who were already defeated by the Germans (again) by the time we entered the war.

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  • More broadly, Mr. Kurlantzick sets up a simplistic and false choice for the U.S. during the Cold War between the views of some early OSS officers Thompson among them who favored supporting nationalist movements in Southeast Asia, including Ho Chi Minh's Vietminh, and the views of others who favored "picking conservative dictators rather than gambling on left-leaning men who might be Democrats."

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  • Diem was a Catholic in a Buddhist country and with little indigenous following, perhaps except for his Catholic brethren, then refugees from the Vietminh state in the north.

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  • Things were going poorly — Vietnamese guerrillas, or Vietminh, held the upper hand — and at a strategy session in Saigon the French commander, Gen. Henri Navarre, outlined his latest plan.

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  • China sent the Vietminh food, medicine and heavy weaponry.

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  • As a guerrilla force, the Vietminh enjoyed the edge in motivation and in knowledge of terrain.

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  • He went on to argue that the move would draw the Vietminh into a battle they could not win.

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  • In the end, the Vietminh laid siege to the French positions, swarming the valley and capturing thousands of prisoners.

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  • It was a mind-bending feat, and it gave the Vietminh high ground above the French base.

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  • Within months — on May 7, 1954, to be exact — Dien Bien Phu was overrun by the Vietminh.

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