1952: Fulgencio Batista seizes power in Cuba. Batista and his men enter Camp Columbia and win over the garrison. The soldiers pick up arms. The convoy leaves for the Presidential Palace in Havana. A pilot climbs into the cockpit of an airplane. Rafael Salas Canizares, the new Chief of Police, directs his men in his office. He goes into a building and talks to his radio operator. Obsolete ships of the Cuban Navy in the bay. Officers converse before a map on the wall. Cars and tanks on their way to the Presidential Palace. President Carlos Prio Socarras takes sanctuary in the Mexican Embassy. The Republic of Cuba flag, and the Democratic constitution suspended. Ousted President Carlos Prio Socarras leaves for Mexico with his family. The Presidential Palace in Havana. Batista during a meeting with his Cabinet. University of Havana students carry out a mock funeral of the Cuban constitution. Police officers and officials inside the Fifth National Police Station. Leader of the student movement, Jose Antonio Echeverria, encourages his fellow students to act. A pro-Batista faction smears the statue of a student hero with red paint. Students gather and demonstrate on the streets. The police try to control the demonstration. Explosions during the demonstrations. A wounded student leader taken to a hospital, where he dies. Students carry his casket down the steps of a building. Student demonstrators hang Batista in effigie. Police arrests students in the University campus. The students are defended by a former Senator in court. Newspaper headlines about the various shootings. A man killed during a police raid. Rafael Salas Canizares is made Brigadier. Proceedings underway in the Department of Investigation. The Minister of Interior meets with radio executives and publishers and orders censorship. People around a car with the words 'Censored' and 'Censorship' painted on it.
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.
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.
Scenes of activity around the Iglesia de la Cathedral in Old Havana, Cuba. People entering and leaving the church. A man standing with a loaded cart. Military officers relaxing at table under tree in Old Havana. Soldiers marching into the ancient "Castillo De La Fuerza" (Castle of Strength) in Old Havana. A military officer walking in the area of the military garrison Castillo De La Fuerza located on the water in the port of Havana. Street scenes of Old Havana showing the Prado Promenade, with automobiles, pedestrians and a little black dog. Views of spectators crowding the Oriental Park Race Track, Marianao, Havana, Cuba. Horses and riders seen in various phases of horse racing: Going to starting gate, and finishing a race.
Monuments in the city of Havana, Cuba. View of the Havana skyline. The exteriors of the National Capitol Building. The dome of the building. The exteriors of the Havana telephone exchange building. The USS Maine monument in the University of Havana. The Hotel National of Havana in the background. The exteriors of the Presidential Palace in Havana. The Morro Castle at Havana bay.
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.