Armed forces taking part in the parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory over the French colonialists hold a rehearsal on March 22 in Hanoi.

On March 13, 1954, the Vietnamese revolutionary army launched the first attack against the French colonialists’ heavily fortified base of Dien Bien Phu, starting a historic 56-day campaign whose victory directly led to the signing of the Geneva Accords on ending the war and restoring peace in Indochina.

The parade on May 7 will feature the participation of all military and militia forces, including a female military band.

Soldiers practice for the parade.

The parade will serve as the highlight among a series of activities held in order to mark the anniversary, thereby further contributing to affirming the significance and historical value of the Dien Bien Phu Victory and the overall development of the Vietnam People’s Army.

The soldiers enthusiastically rehearse for the parade.

Naval soldiers take part in the rehearsal.

Soldiers from the air force join in the parade.

Border guards partake in the event.

Present at the event are also the Vietnamese coast guard.

All military and militia forces will take part in a grand military parade which is scheduled to take place on the morning of May 7 at Dien Bien province’s stadium in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory.