We felt cheated, ashamed, and angry. Schoeffer's men beat off strong Chinese attacks on both French flanks, enabling the other three infantry battalions and the two artillery batteries to make good their retreat. This section needs additional citations for verification. The French defeat at Bang Bo on 24 March shook the nerve of several French politicians who had earlier supported France's war against the Qing Dynasty. By the middle of March nine separate Chinese military commands were massed close up to the Tonkinese border around the enormous entrenched camps of Yen Cua Ai and Bang Bo. The frontal attack would be delivered by Faure's th Battalion and the rear attack by Diguet's 2nd Legion Battalion and Farret's rd Battalion. I trembled as I have never done on the battlefield.