A new book titled Nguoi linh thuoc dia Nam Ky (Colonial soldiers in Southern Vietnam) gives a clear overview on the experience of being a native Vietnamese soldier serving the French colonial army in Indochina from 1861-1945.
The book was developed from author Ta Chi Dai Truong's PhD thesis written in 1975.
Truong's book is well-documented with many local and foreign sources.
Truong is considered one of Vietnam's foremost experts on Vietnamese history and anthropology.
The book also throughly illustrates how the French exploitation of Vietnam was meticulously planned and executed.