National Geographic : 1954 May
671 French Department of Information Scouting the Laos Jungle, Viet Nam Troops Pass a Foe Who Will Fight No More Viet Minh surged across the Annam mountains into Laos last winter and reached Thakhek on the Mekong River. It was a typical Red campaign. Jungle-wise Communist soldiers, supplied by trains of porters, moved fast and hard through sparsely settled country, sweeping poorly equipped Laotian militia before them. When French Union forces struck back from fortified Savannakhet, the Communists simply melted into the jungle. Frustrated French officers say the foe in some areas escapes in women's clothes or dives into tunnels whose entrances lie below the water of paddies. Breathing through tubes, native troops have been known to lie many hours under water.