Giap's century prompts several exhibitions

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A series of events honoring legendary Vietnamese general Vo Nguyen Giap who defeated both the French and Americans are taking place this month on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

Some 200 photos featuring the great military commander are on display at the Hanoi Exhibition House from August 22 to September 3.

The photos are selected from 300 published in the photobook General Vo Nguyen Giap, One Century - Two Long Marches.

Giap, who led the military wing of the Vietnamese revolution that drove out both the French and American invaders, was an early member of the Vietnamese Communist Party and was nicknamed the "Eldest Brother of the Vietnamese Army" by his soldiers.

Algerian ambassador Chérif Chikhi and Nguyen Xuan Nang, director of the Vietnam Military History Museum, were present for the exhibition's opening.

According to Nang, many of the collection's photos represent not only key periods in Giap's life, but also important events in Vietnamese history.

Giap's birthday is on August 25.

Hundreds of local military officers, intellectuals, and officials, including the President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam, have already visited the 100-year-old general's house in Hanoi to celebrate his birthday and wish him many more happy years.

A sand painting exhibition portraying Giap and a meeting of Dien Bien Phu veterans was held early this month in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

In addition, a 3D animated film featuring the general on the Dien Bien Phu battlefield has just been released after two years of production. In France, the Les Indes Savantes Pari publishing house recently published a book about the general titled "Vo Nguyen Giap - A life" by Alain Ruscio.

Vo Nguyen Giap is not only the Vietnam People's Army' first commander, but also the only one among the country's greatest generals through history that has reached the age of one hundred.

He is considered one of the world's greatest generals in history thanks to his great victory on the Dien Bien Phu Battlefield in 1954 and during the Vietnam War that play important role in Vietnam's independence.

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