Fighting for fifty-five consecutive days and nights, Vietnamese resistance forces- the Vietminh - scored a devastating victory over the French at Dienbienphu on May 7, 1954. The chains of 100 years of French colonialism were close to being broken; long awaited independence and unification appeared to be at hand. One day after the historic victory, the Vietnamese entered negotiations for an end to the war at Geneva, seemingly in a position of strength after almost nine years of successful warfare against the French.
Callahan '04, Robert, "Vietnamese Land Reform: the Domestic Impetus to Communist Compromises at Geneva" (2004). Honors Projects. Paper 17.