Vietnamese nationalists fail to seize Hanoi
12 August 1945. After Dai Viet demonstrations in Hanoi the day before, other nationalists rally in the city in support of the royal government and call for unity among the people. Although next day another Dai Viet demonstration calls on the people to ‘consolidate Vietnam’s independence’, a new meeting of Dai Viet cadres held on the 16th again fails to agree on concrete steps to thwart a Viet Minh takeover. By now, some Dai Viet troops have left their nearby rural redoubt and begun marching on Hanoi. Delayed by flooding, they reach the city only on the 17th and even then fail to receive orders to seize power.