National Geographic : 1951 Apr
© National Geographic Society 476 Painting byJean Despijols Craggy "Mountain of 99 Hills," the "Backbone of the Annamese Dragon," Rises Abruptly from Table-flat Rice Fields Water buffaloes, so slow they seem barely to move, plow the flooded land. Men and women transplant rice seedlings. On the left, aboat rides the Song Day, a branch of the Red River. Communist Viet Minh guerrillas lurking in the Tonkin mountain country have repeatedly raided French forces controlling the plains.