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.
Revolutionaries moving through the mountains during Cuban revolution. Buildings bombed and burned by Batista forces. Armed soldiers in defensive positions atop the Presidential Palace in Havana. President Fulgenci Batista with others. Cuban General Staff Chief, Francisco Tabernilla Dolz and a Lieutenant General discussing defense matters. Cuban soldiers on tanks. Castro addresses guerrillas. Che Guevera working with rebels in the mountains. They assemble and test rifle-launched grenades. Fire fights between revolutionaries and the Batista forces. The Cuban Army Air Force (FAEC--Fuerza Aérea Ejército de Cuba) attacks using P-47 aircraft, seen firing at revolutionaries on the ground. Rebels firing heavy machine guns, rifles, and rifle grenades. Castro's revolutionaries, under the leadership of Ernesto “Ché” Guevara, engage Federal troops at Santa Clara. They are seen taking prisoners and in the city itself. A building sign reads: "Seccion Policia Nacional Vigilante Hidalgo." An FAEC B-26 bomber is seen low overhead. Rebels fire at it with small arms from a truck moving along the street. FAEC B-26s engaged in nighttime support missions with Batista forces (commencing November 10, 1958). B-26s dropping bombs. P-47 aircraft are also seen. Bombs exploding. Civilian women and children seeking escape from the bombing. Wounded revolutionaries being treated in a hospital. Armed women revolutionaries. Rebel forces eating a meal. Che Guevara being greeted as he walks amongst civilians in the city. Revolutionaries stand atop a building waving their flag. A woman holds an injured child. A cross is erected in a cemetery. Fidel Castro with some of his followers talking to a captured Federal officer
The Cuban Revolution. A Cuban Revolutionary writes a note to be taken across by Fidel Castro's courier. A soldier watches as a courier gets onto a horse and rides away. The Sierra Maestra Mountains. A professional Communist from the Argentine, Ernesto Che Guevara joins Fidel Castro's men. He rides a horse as he smokes a cigarette and talks to another man. Soldiers clean and prepare arms and ammunition, they make bombs. Castro's rebels bomb buses and railroad trains. Charred cars and trucks. Oil tanks and factories set on fire by them. Black smoke arises from fires as firefighters try to put them out. Men on horses cross a stream as they bring supplies. Castro talks to new recruits and pro-communists. Celia Sanchez, who was part of the Moncada Barracks attack, talks to a rebel. Guevara smokes a cigar as he inspects rockets. Soldiers ready the rocket. Soldiers sit and talk, climb uphill on foot and on horses. Soldiers inside a dimly lit camp. The rebels attack and fire. A rebel doctor operates upon a soldier in a make shift operating room. The rebels attack and fight Batista's forces. Soldiers fire in standing and prone positions. Soldiers walk down a path in the jungle. They gather around a man seated on the ground as he takes notes. Women rebels take pictures of prisoners for publicity purposes. A rebel with a camera. 1958: Batista's men search for Castro. Soldiers walk uphill and cross a stream. A soldier in a deserted village. People near wrecked buildings and houses. A woman soldier speaks into a microphone for the rebel radio. A man adjusts the knob of a transistor.
Fidel Castro leads the Cuban revolution against Batista's regime. Fidel Castro along with his forces in the rugged mountains of Oriente province of Cuba during the revolution. He speaks to men and women. Men make arms and hand grenades. They work on mimeograph machines and radio sets to transmit messages. Castro with men as they look at a map and plan the strategy for the attack on Batista's Army. Castro's Army fires at National police and Batista's Army as they engage in jungle warfare. Fulgenico Batista with his children and wife appears before the press. Men click pictures of Batista with his family.
Documentary "One Week in October." Aerial views of Russian missiles in Cuba. Columbus day parade with marching bands, Boy Scouts, troops. Brief excerpt from 1962 World Series Baseball game with New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry delivering to Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants, who hits a ball to the deep left corner that is caught. March of Dimes annual poster girl. Jackie Kennedy with children of foreign diplomats. Fireworks in Uganda celebrating its independence. View of Vatican Palace and a candlelight vigil. President John Kennedy with Ahmed Ben Bella, Premier of Algeria. Ben Bella is then seen with Cuban leader Castro who receives him in Cuba. U.S. moon rocket launch. Scientists in America reviewing designs for fallout shelters and visiting banks, stores, and municipal buildings and garages to assess them for worthiness as bomb fallout shelters. Views of various types of fallout shelters. Food, water drums, medical and sanitation supplies bound for civic fallout shelters are seen rolling off of assembly lines and being boxed. Radiological monitoring equipment on an assembly line. A woman packages a geiger counter into a box. Then the fallout shelter supplies are seen transported by rail to defense department warehouses for distribution by local authorities to Community Fallout Shelters. View of moving train seen from above and from sideview. View of new fallout shelter signs being mounted at fallout shelters. Forklifts working at Naval Supply Center Oakland in California to arrange supplies for shelters. View of American Legion meeting where former President Harry Truman makes a speech. Former President Eisenhower gives a speech in Connecticut endorsing some candidates. Air Force helicopter flies overhead and then seen landing on White House lawn. Beaches of Cuba. Marches in Cuba. Historic view of soldiers marching beside monument to Battleship Maine in Havana. Crane atop monument as a wing is cut off; scenes of destruction of monument to Battleship Maine in Havana. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara marching into Havana in 1959 with cheering throngs after succeeding in revolt against Batista. Fidel Castro and Soviet leader Khrushchev greeting one another at United Nations in 1961. Soviet deputy premier Anastas Mikoyin greeted by Castro and crowd at Havana airport in 1960. Trade agreement between Cuba and Havana signed. Soviet Russian cargo ships on way to Havana. Cuban refugees in small boats being rescued by U.S. Coast Guard. Views of military specialists examining films of aerial views of suspected missile installations in Cuba. U.S. military mobilization for possible war. Strategic Air Command begins dispersing aircraft to possible needed locations. B-52 Stratofortress aircraft takes off. Badge on plane: "Anywhere. Anytime." Destroyer USS Strong, DD-758, making way in heavy seas. An American Aircraft Carrier underway in the distance. Polaris submarine on surface. Officers of STRAC or Strategic Army Corps seen meeting after being assigned to the new command of U.S. Forces Atlantic. Alerted U.S Army units on training exercise to maintain combat readiness. American Army troops load into rear of transport plane . C-124 Globemaster taking off. Then a C-119 shortly after takeoff flying overhead. Then a MATS C-124 again is seen overhead. 1st Armored division tanks being loaded onto rail for transport from Fort Hood Texas to Fort Stewart Georgia.
Events leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union confronted each other with nuclear destruction. A helicopter lands on the White House lawn in Washington DC. Beach views in Cuba. A military parade. Desecration of a monument. A crowd of cheering Cuban people as Fidel Castro enters Havana, Cuba in 1959. United Nations building. Fidel Castro and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev embrace. Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union Anastas Mikoyan deplanes and is greeted by Fidel Castro in Havana. A trade agreement between Russia and Cuba signed by Fidel Castro. Russian cargo ships en route to Havana. Cuban refugees in small boats. A map depicts proximity of Cuba to the U.S. U.S. surveillance aircraft heading for Cuba. A sign reads 'HQ. 4080 S W Intelligence Division'. Men examine reconnaissance photographs of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. The photographs show transports and tents for fueling and maintenance. A sign reads 'Strategic Missile Facility GAM 77 Combined Systems'. U.S. rockets readied for any emergency. A U.S. Air Force aircraft takes off from an airfield. U.S. Navy ships in the Atlantic Ocean. A U.S. submarine underway at sea.