Vietnam war leader General Giap dies, aged 102
General Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese independence military leader who beat the French at the historic battle of Dien Bien Phu, has died at the age of 102. A communist from an early age, Giap led Vietnamese forces in both the war against French colonialisation and the US-backed South Vietnamese governments.
Giap died in a Hanoi hospital at 6.30pm local time, a government official announced on Friday.
A close collaborator of Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh, Giap was the last leader of the Vietnamese revolutionary generation.
Tributes to the "people's hero" poured in on social networks even before the official announcement of his death.
Giap is considered one of the most important military strategists in history, even though he was self-taught, and played an important role in battles at Lạng Sơn (1950); Hòa Bình (1951–1952); Điện Biên Phủ (1954); the Tết Offensive (1968); the Easter Offensive (1972); and the final Hồ Chí Minh Campaign (1975).
Despite his standing, Giap clashed with the number two of the communist government, Le Duan, and was eased out of positions of power, finally leaving the central committee in 1991.
Vo Nguyen Giap, a life in dates:
1911: Born to farmers, Võ Quang Nghiêm and Nguyen Thi Kien;