• Short Summary

    UNITED STATES MARINES ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO IMPROVE THE FORTIFICATIONS OF THE NAVAL BASE OF GUANTANAMO.

  • Description

    UNITED STATES MARINES ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO IMPROVE THE FORTIFICATIONS OF THE NAVAL BASE OF GUANTANAMO. NEW ROADS ARE BEING CUT, BUNKERS BUILT, AND ARTILLERY IS BEING MOVED, WHILE HELICOPTERS HOVER OVERHEAD.

    WITH TEN THOUSAND CUBAN TROOPS REIGNING THE BASE, THE MARINES ARE THERE TO DEFEND IT AGAINST SURPRISE ATTACK. IT WOULD BE THEIR TASK TO HOLD ON WHILE REINFORCEMENTS WERE RUSHED FROM FLORIDA. THE CUBAN FORCES HAVE STRENGTHENED GENERAL DEFENCE, AND HEAVY TANKS HAVE BEEN SEEN MOVING OUTSIDE THE SEVEN FEET CHAIN-LINK FENCE WHICH FORMS THE BASE BOUNDARY. CUBAN WORKERS, HOWEVER, STILL ARRIVE FOR WORK EACH DAY, AND LEAVE EVERY NIGHT, AFTER BEING CLOSELY CHECKED BY THE US GUARDS.

    GUANTANAMO HAS BEEN ONE OF DR. FIDEL CASTRO'S BARGAINING POINTS SETTLEMENT OF THE CUBA CRISIS. BUT THE 1903 AGREEMENT BY WHICH ITS 28,000 ACRES WERE LEASED FROM CUBA CANNOT BE ABROGATED WITHOUT BOTH PARTIES COMMENT. WITH 1,400 BUILDINGS, AIRSTRIPS, AND RECREATION FACILITIES WHICH RANGE FROM SWIMMING POOLS TO A GOLF-COURSE, GUANTANAMO IS A SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITY.

    TO REINFORCE THE 25-MILE ARC AROUND THE BASE, IT IS BELIEVED THE US GROUND FORCE WAS INCREASED TO 5,000 TROOPS DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE CRISIS LAST MONTH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEAR9SUH0S0YFVFR2P8CC3ITS
    Media URN:
    VLVAEAR9SUH0S0YFVFR2P8CC3ITS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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