The United States military buildup at Guantanamo Bay in southeastern Cuba continues. A massive airlift?
LS Road pan to building camouflage
CU Tank smashing through brush
CU Tank going by
CU Tank moving and gun turret swinging
Men running out of bunker & manning cannon
CU Cannon with men loading it
Camouflaged cannon LS
Officers checking map in tent
CU Hand on map
MS Officer charting map
CU Hands charting map
Men walking in and out of bunker
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Background: The United States military buildup at Guantanamo Bay in southeastern Cuba continues. A massive airlift of troops and equipment...begun three weeks ago...has lifted the Guantanamo Naval Base to a peak of readiness...defensive or offensive as the situation requires.
There are a number of 62-ton M-103 tanks among the heavier military equipment shipped to the base since the Cuban crisis began. Armoured ant-tank vehicles and artillery buttress the base's defenses. However, secrecy surrounds the exact number of marines and military equipment rushed into the base from California and North Carolina. Much equipment and command posts are camouflaged.
Thousands of Cuban troops are camped outside the intent to attack.
But the United States is taking no chances, in view of Cuban Premier Fidel Castro's demand that the United States evacuate the base.
The commandant of the U.S. Marines, Major General David Shoup visited Guantanamo Wednesday (14 November). General shoup said the marines will do their duty and stay put.
Four hundred anti-Castro refugees who have entered the base were told Tuesday night that if they try to use the base as a stopover for escapes, they will be returned to Cuba. The U.S. intends to live up to the terms of the treaty under which it holds the base. The treaty says nothing about refugees.
Film shows camouflaged tank, tank breaking out of underbrush, marines running from entrenchments, cannon being loaded, camouflaged cannon, officers checking maps, officer charting map, hands charting map, soldiers walk in and out of bunker.