On the 27th March, a United States Coastguard vessel rammed a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, at the extreme south western tip of Texas, and took into custody 36 uniformed Cuban rebels and a cargo of arms and ammunition.
SCU. Two rebels talking
CU. Rebel defusing dad bomb which has been dropped by government planes
SV. Rebels making their own hand grenades.
LV. Rebels attending wounded comrade.
Angle Shot Ditto.
SV. Rebel Chiefs study maps
LS. Rebel troops through wood.
Angle Shot Rebel troops over rocks
SV. Troops through woods.
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Background: On the 27th March, a United States Coastguard vessel rammed a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, at the extreme south western tip of Texas, and took into custody 36 uniformed Cuban rebels and a cargo of arms and ammunition.
The rebels, wearing uniforms resembling United States Army combat uniforms, had armhands with 26th July stamped on them. This was the date on which the rebel chief in Cuba Fidel Castro, started his revolutionary movement there.
Thirty six men constitutes a small fighting force, but to the rebels now fighting in Cuba's Oriente province every man, every gun, daunts.
In this uncensored film received from Cuba you see how Fidel Castro's men are living. The base of operations is in the mountainous south east portion of Cuba, and in the two years they have been there the men have become accomplished soldiers. They are now capable of defusing bombs such as this dud dropped from a Government plane. Much of their own ammunition they have made themselves, including hand grenades and rifle ammunition. The rebel forces even include nurses and doctors among their numbers.
The Castro strategy is based on hit-and-run guerilla warfare, and the chief target so far has been the sugar cane industry. If Castro can destroy Cuba's one crop economy, he hopes to force Batista's government to collapse.
Castro has already called for a general strike and an uprising to take place, and as a result of his activities the government has postponed the general elections until November 1958.