Moncada army barracks near Santiago de Cuba, immediately following the unsuccessful attack by Castro-led revolutionaries, on July 26, 1953. Soldiers in the yard of the installation. Cuban military commander and soldiers talking with officials. A bullet-riddled vehicle and many dead revolutionaries. Armed soldiers sitting on the veranda of the barracks.Fulgencio Batista visiting and viewing the captured materials of the revolutionaries.Frank Pais sitting with associate. Marker at street intersection in Santiago de Cuba reads: "Ave 7A and Calle 20." Revolutionary safe house at that location is shown. posters being prepared containing pictures of Revolutionary National Action group posing with the Cuban national flag. Frank País being interviewed. Newspapers announce the death of Salas Cañizares. Large crowd seen at his funeral.Parts of the United states and Mexico are marked on maps showing where Castro's revolution was finding support in funds and supplies. yankee Stadium in New York City is seen being papered with pamphlets. A patrol craft docked, bearing number: "GC 106." People visiting a cemetery with new graves marked with temporary wooden markers. Revolutionaries in the mountains.Fidel Castro getting a haircut and firing a pistol outdoors. Woman sews insignia of july 26th on a uniform.
26 July 1953: Cuban political leader Fidel Castro sends his men to the Moncada Barracks manned by the military garrison. His men are massacred and gunned down by the officers. The garrison Colonel Alberto, followed by his men. A crowd surrounds them. Officers with the uniforms of the killed revolutionaries. An officer at a table while others stand around him as he is rewarded the General Star. Officials sign documents. The wounded from the barracks in a military hospital. Officers and officials attend the military honors ceremony for the dead officers and soldiers. Policemen keep a vigil and search cars on the streets. General Rafael Salas Canizares leads the hunt for conspirators. The General with other officers pose with the arms found during a search. Buildings bombed and wrecked by saboteurs. Officers comb the island. Castro surrenders and is tried in 1953 along with his men. 1954: Other revolutionary fronts operating. A man signs a document surrounded by officials. Students demonstrate on the streets. A wounded on a litter and another on a hospital bed. 1955: Batista signs an appeasement and Castro, his brother Raul, Melba Hernandez, Haydee Santamaria, and Castro's men are released. The brothers are greeted by their sister Lydia. He announces that he will leave the country to organize an invasion. People rejoice on the street.
July 26, 1953. View of the Moncada army barracks near Santiago de Cuba. Soldiers are dispatched and walk past bullet pocked walls to view the bodies of dead revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro in an unsuccessful attack on the barracks. They sort through a pile of materials, including weapons, taken from the fallen revolutionaries. The Army is preparing to pursue the revolutionaries, who have fled into the mountains.View of military hospital. Flag-covered coffins of fallen combatants are lined up in a courtyard, surrounded by spectators. Armed guards are present. Police examine arms captured from revolutionaries and their damaged hideout. Violence is seen in the streets, as police try to control it. Injured persons brought to a hospital. Castro is surrounded by admirers and talks to them.
Scenes of Cuban Air Force Base and headquarters, at Campo Columbia near Havana, Cuba, and aircraft acquired from the United States Air Force. Film opens with U.S. Air Force sergeant photographer holding a slate marked roll #1, LETO. He is dressed in starched khaki uniform. Other U.S. Airmen stand behind him. Scene shifts to a North American T-6 trainer airplane, Number 119, with skin removed from forward fuselage. A maintenance stand and tools are positioned in front of the aircraft. Hangar number 3 sits behind the T-6. The camera pans right showing two bubble-top P-47Ds parked on the ramp. The first displays number 458 (One of twenty-nine P-47s purchased from the USAF in the period, May, 1952 through June 1953). Work is being performed on the engine of the other. Camera panning right shows another T-6. Also seen is a Lockheed C-56 Lodestar (Lockheed Model 18) that was purchased in 1950 and numbered CU-EDU 2. It is parked in front of a low building with parapets and a flag flying atop it. A large multistory Headquarters building, topped with a control tower is seen in background. Closeup of another P-47 parked on edge of ramp, with its tail in the grass. Camera is moved back showing P-47s and T-6s on ramp in front of the headquarters building. Next, several U.S. Airmen are seen walking across the ramp towards the operations office on ground floor of the Headquarters building. More views of P-47s and T-6s plus a Consolidated PBY 0A-10 Catalina amphibious aircraft parked on the airfield. Several C-47 (DC-3) transport aircraft are seen at the end of the film.
Celebrations in Havana, Cuba as Cuban rebels led by Fidel Castro take over the city. Citizens marching in the streets carrying 26th of July banners (date in 1953 the coup began). Jubilant throngs of people. Newspaper man selling papers with large headline "Se Fue Batista" indicating that Batista has fled the country. Crowds smashing gambling machines in the streets. Hoards of students streaming from the University of Havana joining the celebrations. U.S. tourists leaving a hotel with packed luggage and taking refuge at the U.S. Embassy (being taken there in U.S. Military cars), and then leaving Havana on airplanes to return to the USA. Rebel fighters with beards entering the city. Views of Fidel Castro, a number of his lieutenants, and rebel fighters somewhere in the mountains. The Cuban flag flying.
Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution. Montage of scenes including revolutionary casualties, burning buildings, Castro addressing his followers, revolutionaries carrying weapons, a revolutionary being shot, firemen fighting fire, Women parading with weapons,armed revolutionaries advancing through bush country, and Castro addressing hundreds of thousands of people. View of lighthouse at entrance to Havana harbor.Hotel Nacional de Cuba. The Capitol building. A fruit peddlar on the street in Havana. Workers in sugar cane fields.Views of Havana under the Batista regime, with hotels, and casinos with roulette wheels and other gambling paraphenilia. U.S. Navy ships at he U.S. Navy station at Guantanamo Bay and a large aircraft at the Leeward Point Field, Guantanamo Naval Air Station. Bastista military forces drawing weapons from armory and operating a tank.Pilots climb aboard Federal warplanes and start them up. Cuban police forces at work. Bastista followers in control throughout the country. View of the Presidential Palace surrounded by Batista armed forces. Fulgencio Batista surrounded by followers.The Cuban constitution of is suspended by Bastista and President Carlos Prío Socarrás and his family are seen leaving Havana. Bastista conducts a cabinet meeting. Disenchanted Cubans hold a mock funeral for their Constitution. University students assembling and taking to the streets in protest against the Batista regime. Police break up the demonstrations with force. Injured protesters are treated in hospital. Protesters carry coffin of one who was killed. University protesters march with arms linked and many others also march on the Police headquarters. They carry effigy of Batista. Opposition political leaders are arrested by the Batista police.