It seems incredible that a military fiasco as costly and complete as the Indochina war can be explained by a petty personal feud.
He had to look down the barrel of potential Communist victories in Berlin and Indochina.
Perhaps the best direct comparison is between the French in Indochina (1945-1954) and the British in Malaya (1948-1960).
1886, from Indo-, comb. form of Greek Indos "India" + China. Name proposed early 19c. by Scottish poet and orientalist John Leyden, who lived and worked in India from 1803 till his death at 35 in 1811.