Photos of legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap have gone on display in Hanoi to mark his 100 th birthday (August 25, 1911-2011).

State President Truong Tan Sang attended and cut the ribbon to open the exhibition on displaying 200 photos selected from 500 provided by Giap’s family, individuals and military units.

At the exhibition, State President Sang took note affirming that known as the eldest brother of the Vietnam People’s Army and an outstanding student of President Ho Chi Minh, General Giap and his services will live forever in the history of the Vietnamese nation, the Vietnam People’s Army and celebrated talented generals in the world.

He stressed that that the Party, State and people will keep in mind the General’s services forever.

As the first general of the Vietnam People’s Army, Giap played a key command role in the Indochina War against the French colonialists (1946-1954) and the US imperialists (1960-1975).

He took part in various important military campaigns such as the Border Campaign Autumn-Winter (1950), Dien Bien Phu Campaign (1954), Mau Than Uprising Campaign (1968) and Ho Chi Minh Campaign (1975).

He was one of the most effective military commanders assisting President Ho Chi Minh during the wars and led the army to liberate the nation after Uncle Ho died in 1969.

Giap, a former history teacher and journalist, was also a member of the Politburo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam People’s Army.

The photos displayed at the exhibition, which will last until September 3, are also printed in a pictorial on the General which will be released soon.

“In the 1,000-year history of the capital, the last 100 years were the most difficult but glorious with the devotion of heroes like President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap,” Labour Hero Professional Vu Khieu wrote in the pictorial. “Among the great leaders of the time, Giap is the only one still living.”/.