• Short Summary

    THE TRAINING IN AMERICA OF CUBAN EXILES FOR A PROJECTED INVASION OF CUBA CONTINUES WITH RENEWED VIGOUR AMID REPORTS OF ANTI-CASTRO ACTIVITY ON THE ISLAND ITSELF.

  • Description

    THE TRAINING IN AMERICA OF CUBAN EXILES FOR A PROJECTED INVASION OF CUBA CONTINUES WITH RENEWED VIGOUR AMID REPORTS OF ANTI-CASTRO ACTIVITY ON THE ISLAND ITSELF. AND THERE'S BEEN WIDE SPECULATION OVER THE WHEREABOUTS OF MANUEL RAY, EXILED FORMER CASTRO UNDERGROUND LEADER, WHO SAID HE'D RETURN TO CUBA YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY).

    IN MIAMI, THE LARGE CUBAN EXILE POPULATION HAS BEEN IN A STATE OF FERMENT. SIGNS PROCLAIMING "WE ARE AT WAR" AND SIMILAR SENTIMENTS HAVE APPEARED OUTSIDE THE MIAMI HEADQUARTER OF VARIOUS EXILE GROUPS. ONE EXILE DISPLAYED A MODEL OF THE BOAT THAT WAS SAID TO HAVE CARRIED A GROUP TO MIAMI FROM CUBA.

    CUBAN EXILES HAVE BEEN TRAINING AT AN UMBER OF HIDDEN BASES IN CENTRAL AMERICA FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, AIMING FOR A RETURN TO CUBA TO BEGIN AN UNDERGROUND CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE CASTRO GOVERNMENT. THE TRAINEES SHOWN IN THIS FILM WERE RECRUITED IN MIAMI, AND MOST HAVE HAD PREVIOUS MILITARY TRAINING. ONE MAN, WON HIS WINGS IN 1958 AS A MEMBER OF CUBA'S NAVAL AIR FORCE. ANOTHER WAS IN THE CUBAN NAVY. STILL ANOTHER TRAINED AT U.S. ARMY BASES IN AMERICA AFTER THE BAY OF PIGS INVASION, AND THE HEAD OF THE GROUP WAS A PARTICIPANT IN THIS BATTLE.

    THE GROUP HAS AN ENCAMPMENT IN THE CENTRAL AMERICA JUNGLES. ITS MEMBERS LIVE IN BARRACKS, AND WEAR U.S. ARMY COMBAT DRESS. THEY ARE ARMED WITH RIFLES AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS,AND HAVE FIELD COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT. THE TRAINING CONCENTRATES ON SMALL SQUAD TACTICS IN GUERILLA WARFARE SITUATIONS.

    REPORTS OF LANDINGS IN CUBA, PRESUMABLY CARRIED OUT BY GROUPS SIMILAR TO THAT SHOWN ON FILM, HAVE BEEN WIDESPREAD IN AMERICA. A RADIO BROADCAST FROM A TRANSMITTER IN CUBA REPORTED SABOTAGE IN HAVANA ITSELF AND THE BURNING OF SUGAR CANE FIELDS IN EASTERN CUBA. THE CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR A FREE CUBA SAID IT HAD BEEN INFORMED THAT INFILTRATORS ENTERED THE ISLAND ON TUESDAY NIGHT. HAVANA RADIO ANNOUNCED NEW DEFENCE MEASURES AND CONDEMNED POTENTIAL AGGRESSORS. THE CUBAN ARMED FORCES MINISTRY ANNOUNCED ARTILLERY AND JET PLANE MANOEUVRES ALONG CUBA'S NORTHWEST COAST.

    THIS FILM SHOWING AN EXILE GROUP IN TRAINING WAS MADE AT A CENTRAL AMERICAN BASE. THE GROUP WOULD NOT PERMIT IDENTIFICATION OF ITS MEMBERS NOR WOULD IT PERMIT THE LOCATION OF THE "CASE" TO BE ANNOUNCED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABSDTDGER2L07TUJZM602P2FQI
    Media URN:
    VLVABSDTDGER2L07TUJZM602P2FQI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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