Cao Văn Thắng

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Cao Thắng (Chinese: 高勝, 1864 - 1893) was a Vietnamese anticolonial fighter. He was an assistant of Phan Đình Phùng, and was Phan's military coordinator. His forces operated in Thanh Hóa, Nghệ An and Hà Tĩnh provinces. He was killed in battle in 1893.[1]

Cao Thắng is generally credited with organizing the local blacksmiths to manufacture thousands of Gras 1874 rifles to equip his troops.


  1. ^ David G. Marr Vietnamese Anticolonialism, 1885–1925 1971 – Page 63 "He himself set out for north Vietnam, hoping to coordinate strategy with scholar-gentry leaders there. While Phan's mission ended in failure, Cao Thang in his absence achieved wonders, carefully reorganizing a main force of one thousand ...