Powells essay contest finalist

After the Axis defeat at El Alamein, Powell's attention increasingly moved to the Far East theatre, and he desired to go there to take part in the campaign against the Japanese Imperial Army because: "the war in Europe was won now", and he wanted to see the Union Flag back in Singapore before, Powell feared, the Americans beat the British Empire to it and secured an imperial domination of their own over the region. [6] :76 He had at this time an ambition to be assigned to the Chindits units operating in Burma , and secured an interview with their Commander Orde Wingate to this end whilst the latter was on a temporary stop-over in Cairo, [6] :82 but Powell's duties and rank precluded the assignment. Having declined two posts carrying the rank of full colonel (in Algiers and Cairo, which would have left him in the now moribund North African theatre "indefinitely"), and despite expecting to have to accept a reduction in rank to major in order to get the transfer, he eventually secured a posting to the British Imperial Indian Army at Delhi as a lieutenant-colonel in military intelligence in August 1943. [6] :82 Within a few days of arriving in India, Powell bought as many books as he could about India and read them avidly. [6] :82 On one occasion, he wrote to his parents in a letter "I soaked up India like a sponge soaks up water." [6] :82

Ho spent the summer in Paris trying to lock in the agreement, but the French government was purposely evasive, as it was conspiring to undermine Vietnamese independence.  Ho was nevertheless well received in the French media.  A French reporter who met him noted his “engaging manner and extraordinary gift for making contact,” which “at once brought a warm and direct exchange of views and gave a startlingly fresh ring to commonplace words.” [25]   Ho returned to Vietnam in October and appealed to the Vietnamese people for patience.  The French, however, showed their hand on November 22, 1946.  Using a dispute over control of customs in Haiphong as a pretext, French warships bombarded the unprotected port city, killing at least 6,000 and wounding some 25,000.  On December 19, Ho issued a call for “nationwide resistance”:

Powells essay contest finalist

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