• Short Summary

    Members of the 'Anti-Communist International Brigade' - composed of Cuban exiles and volunteers of other nationalities - were recently filmed training in the fores and swampland around Miami, Florida, before they embarked on an expedition to join rebels in the Pinar Del Rio province of Cuba.

  • Description

    Members of the 'Anti-Communist International Brigade' - composed of Cuban exiles and volunteers of other nationalities - were recently filmed training in the fores and swampland around Miami, Florida, before they embarked on an expedition to join rebels in the Pinar Del Rio province of Cuba.

    Led by Frank Fiorini, an American world-war two veteran who became honorary Chief of Castro's Air Force Security after the revolution against Batista, the 'Brigade' is financed and manned mainly from exile sources. Fiorini and Major Pedro Dias Lanz were the first high-ranking officers to defect from the Castro regime. He was co-pilot with Dias Lanz in 1959 when they dropped leaflets on Havana and created an international incident.

    American newsman Alex Rorke Jr. interviewed ex-American serviceman, 28-year old Angus McNair, during the training session:-
    Both Rorke and Mcnair were captured by Castro forces Mar 21 as they were shuttling supplies for the rebel forces from an off shore island to the coast of the Pinar Del Rio province of Cuba. Mcnair was forced to radio back to his base and ask for their supply aircraft to come to their position. Contact was made with the base, and the ruse, a copy of the trick by which a plane sent by Cuban exiles was ambushed at Las Villas in 1959, began. However, during the radio conversation Mcnair shouted that it was a trap and they had been captured. There was no further word of them until the Castro Government confirmed their capture.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABQD81DNYDKS2YVHU0NYL43LAH
    Media URN:
    VLVABQD81DNYDKS2YVHU0NYL43LAH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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