Uncle Ho’s retreat

Michael Tatarski

Ban Gioc Waterfall. Photograph: Michael Tatarski

In early February 1941, Ho Chi Minh returned to Vietnam after three decades overseas. Ho and his comrades travelled by foot from Jingxi, in deep southern China, to the border and into remote, mountainous Cao Bang province, in Vietnam’s north-east.

In his biography Ho Chi Minh: A Life, William J Duiker describes Ho’s long-delayed return to his homeland. “The trip was only about forty miles, but it was physically difficult, as the trail wound over mountain streams and through rocky outcroppings and tangled jungle growth.”

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