Operation Brochet took place during the French Indochina War, between August and October, 1953. A combined arms operation, Brochet involved 18 battalions of French and South Vietnamese troops and 42nd and 50th Viet Minh Regiments, fighting in the southern reaches of the Red River Delta near Tonkin in North Vietnam. The 1st and 2nd Parachute Battalions of the French Foreign Legion (BEP), and the 1st and 3rd Colonial Parachute Battalions (BPC) took part, as did forces of the Vietnamese National Army. Their objective was to sweep the Delta and remove Viet Minh influence.
Brochet enjoyed only limited success. By October 11, 1 BEP had lost 96 men against only 10 confirmed Viet Minh casualties, and despite French efforts between 5,000 and 7,000 of the Delta villages remained under Viet Minh control.
- Windrow, p. 245.
- Windrow and Chappell, p. 39.
- Windrow, p. 195.
- Windrow, p. 249.
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