A hurricane causes heavy damage in Cienfuegos, Cuba. A wrecked jeep parked on the middle of a road. Deserted streets with fallen trees. Houses and huts along the coastline are destroyed by floods. Hurricane winds of 165 mph cause damage to buildings and sugar cane fields of Cienfuegos.
Statue of José Marti, designed by Enrique Luis Varela and sculpted by Juan José Sicre, at foot of Marti memorial monument in Revolution Square, Havana, Cuba. The Cuban flag on the Ministry of Interior building, across the square. Camilo Cienfuegos addresses people and Fidel Castro smiles in Havana, Cuba. A procession by people. Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos with others sitting. President Manuel Urrutia comes with others. Soviet vice-prime minister, Anastas Mikoyan, steps from Soviet plane. He meets President Urrutia. Mikoyan wearing a straw hat with "Cuba" written on it. Fidel Castro and leading revolutionary figures attend a formal reception for Mikoyan. A signboard reads 'INRA Cooperative Arroceru Jose Smith Comas Zona H-10 Cardenas'. Farmers in field with their cattle. Fidel Castro addresses the press. Cuban workmen handling lumber at a construction site. A board reads'Instituto Nacional de Ahorro y Vivienda,' and announces the construction of a planned city of 300 homes. Women parade holding rifles. The French freighter La Coubre exploding on March 4,1960, while being unloaded in Havana harbor, Cuba. Scenes of explosions and fire as people run to escape the area. Fire fighters trying to extinguish flames, and similar events are captured by the camera. Post accident scenes of Castro speaking to the populace and of mourners walking along the street in Havana. (Note: This French ship was carrying munitions from Antwerp.Approximately 100 people were killed and twice as many injured in this terrible accident.)
1959: People on the roof with flags. People come out onto the streets to celebrate the fall of President Fulgencio Batista. People in cars and on balconies wave. They break and burn the belongings of Batista's supporters, attack and destroy buildings and casinos run by Batista's hoodlums. A stampede on the streets. Men from mobs and gangs fire from behind pillars. Medics and civilians help the wounded. Castro names Manuel Urrutia Lleo as the President of the Provisional Government of Cuba. Urrutia at a press conference. Photographers and cameramen capture the event on film. A reporter questions him. Wrecked building, aircraft and bridges. People celebrate on the streets. The number '26' for the 26th of July Movement painted on people's foreheads, helmets and clothes. The rebels enter Havana. A convoy of captured tanks and trucks. Fidel Castro arrives on 8th January 1959. The civilians hail and welcome him and his men. Fidel Castro waves out to the people from an open jeep. Photographers and cameramen record the event. Fidel Castro promises democracy and elections to the people of Cuba. People applaud. Castro write on a paper on the hood of a car. Castro spends the nights at Camp Columbia. Castro with his bearded anti-communist rebel commander Camilo Cienfuegos at the podium. Castro drinks during the celebrations. He addresses a large crowd. Rebels on trucks and tanks pass through the crowd as they cheer and welcome them. The rebels wave out to the enormous crowd.
People parading in streets of a city in Cuba, carrying a banner reading: "llega Fidel huyo Batista" (Batista fled Fidel arrives). They celebrate the succcess of Fidel Castro's revolution. Some demonstrators remove items from building displaying a sign reading: "Confederacion Concejales de Cuba, DPN Guas ICLAN Alcalde Oficinas." They pile items on a car parked by the building and set it on fire. They destroy gaming tables in casinoes. Uniformed police respond to the violence and gun fights ensue. Civilians are wounded (and possibly killed) in the melee. Fidel Castro is seen in the company of former President, Carlos Prío Socarrás,and Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán, making his way through a crowd of newsmen and reporters. Scenes of destruction from bombing by the Batista military. Crowds of Castro supporters parading with banners, including some referring to the July 26th movement. Some persons have "26" written on their foreheads. People cheer Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Revolutionaries parade a captured army tank and other items through the streets. Castro and Guevera along with others of their band, ride through the streets on an open vehicle as throngs cheer them.The people welcome Castro-style Democracy. Fidel Castro speaking over a public address system.The Monument to the Abolition of Slavery located in Matanzas, Cuba, is adorned with a flag. A sign reading "Fidel: te Saluda." In Miami, Florida, an exiled Batista supporter is attacked by a man and is restrained by local policemen. Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries pose. An armed revolutionary poses by an army tank.
Fidel Castro and Che Guevara attack Havana. The Presidential Palace in Havana, Cuba. A soldier keeps vigil from the roof. President Fulgencio Batista with the press and other dignitaries in the palace. Batista's soldiers atop and near tanks. A Batista's Chief of Staff General Francisco Tabernilla talks to the soldiers. The bazooka teams prepare to advance. Fidel Castro records his broadcast for the rebel radio in the Sierra Maestra Mountains. 1958: Rebels prepare arms and ammunition. Heads of other major revolutionary fronts meet in Coracas. The rebels advance towards Havana. A rebel fires a rocket, an explosion on a hill. The rebels climb uphill and take cover. They jump over fallen trees and across the hills. Batista's Air Force planes drop bombs and fire at the rebels. Explosions due to the bombardments. A man fires a machine gun, while another fires at the aircraft. They fire in sitting and prone position. Castro's men attack houses on the outskirts of Santa Clara. Batista's men surrender. December 1958: The final assault. The rebels near a building. A large crowd gathered outside the National Guard Police Section. Guevara's men march in a single file on the streets. The Air Force planes continue bombardment. Soldiers in trucks. Townspeople flee to shelters. Explosion due to bombardment. Aircraft in flight. Cars on the road. Women and children take refuge. A doctor checks wounded civilians lying on beds. Women rebels with rifles. Women welcome and greet Che Guevara. Top rebel commander Camilo Cienfuegos among others. Rebels on a building roof. A man berries a relative. Fidel Castro talks to the rebels during a strategy meeting. Fidel Castro's brother, Raul Castro drinks from a cup. Rebels and civilians in a Willys jeep. A large crowd gathered outside a building.
Wreath adorned with Communist Hammer and sickle, on the statue of José Martí in Central Park, Havana, Cuba. Members of a crowd of anti-communist Cubans burning Communist literature and materials in a city street. Soldiers controlling access in a street as Communists take control of Cuba. Americans opposed to the Castro revolution. Sign outside a building in Miami, Florida, reads: "Christian Anti Communist Group,America for the Americans,Liberty and Democracy." Local Miami police stand near the building, where Fidel Castro is hung in effigy. President Manuel Urrutia addressing press in Miami. People conversing. A woman types on typewriter. Riots going on streets. People fight with each other. Blood comes out from a man's head. Scene of Hotel Riviera and Hotel Capri. Fidel Castro addresses press. Camilo Cienfuegos and other prominent dignitaries. People carry signs in a procession. Signs read 'Hitler y Franco Asesinos' and 'Fuera el Embajador Falangista'. Machines print newspapers.