Brigadier, whose idea was the coup d'etat, and uh, what were your
orders in achieving it?
The... call had went out, when I think back about the coup d'etat, I
think it came from the Frenchmen, ah, this Cédile, who was, I think, uh, governor of
, at the
time. It was um, supported by Gracey
, that I'm certain of, because the control commission
were very upset about the unnecessary disturbances going on.
And the situation where you had the Japanese in charge of certain key points, the Viet Minh sitting in certain
government offices, and so on and so forth, and the French were being release,
ah, and, slowly being re-armed, ah, as the third party. Therefore, the
decision was made that the French under Lieutenant
Colonel Rivière would, on the night of the 22nd, quietly take over key points being
held by the Annamites. Disarm the Annamites and at the same time, my
brigade, would take over the barracks.