Huge crowd of Catholics meet for devotions marking the Convocation Eucharistic Congress at Santiago de Cuba. 60,000 Catholics gather to attend the ceremonies. Coronation ceremony of the Patron Saint of Cuba follows.
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.
An uprising in Cuba. Tanks on the streets. Officials enter a building. Cuban President Fulgencio Batista greets dignitaries. 13 March 1957: Leader of the student movement, Jose Antonio Echeverria, organizes an attack on the Presidential Palace. Batista escapes and the student leaders are shot. The fighting spills on to the streets. Soldiers keep a vigil on the streets amidst the demonstrations and rioting. People and cars on the street. A policeman runs across a street. A man carries a wounded woman. Bullet holes. The police shoot down Jose Antonio Echeverria. A man and a woman grieve. Supplies including food, arms, ammunition and medical supplies reach the Sierra Maestra Mountains. A jeep driven on a dirt road in the jungle. A soldier drinks water. One checks another's blood pressure. A soldier patrols on a roof. 12 July 1957: Fidel Castro issues a manifesto. He talks to his soldiers and other revolutionaries. Havana: Buildings and high rises in the city. Anti-Batista opposition increases. Soldiers and officers. A man shows a bullet ridden car to an officer. Santiago De Cuba: People carry underground rebel Frank Pais' casket. A large crowd gathers to join In the procession. Women mourn his death and chant 'Vengeance'. A police officer and his soldiers inspect revolutionists' bodies lying on the sidewalk. A framer suspected of aiding Castro's men is hanged in the jungle. Men seated in a court as a woman testifies. A woman prays at a grave.
Fidel Castro visits New York City, April 15, 1959, and gives a speech to large crowd in New York's Central Park. Back in Cuba, revolutionaries show officials and members of the press, a prison cell and injuries suffered by a former prisoner. They display instruments of torture used by the Batista regime. Colonel Cornelio Rojas, Chief of Police in Santa Clara, is seen in jail cell. He is walked under guard by revolutionaries and stands against a wall before a firing squad who execute him on orders of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Revolutionaries bringing charges against Batista officials. People testify against them. Accused Lieutenant Enrique Despaigne Noret appears before a judgment panel. He is later seen, handcuffed, stepping from a vehicle at San Juan Hill,Santiago de Cuba, January 12, 1959. He stands before a firing squad and is allowed to write something on a paper. He is then shot and falls into a ditch or grave behind him.
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.
Cuban President Fulgenci Batista greets visiting officials as they enter the Presidential Palace in Havana. Armed soldiers guard the entrance way and an antiaircraft gun is seen on the sidewalk. Street scenes of armed conflict March 13, 1957, as a group of university students storms the Presidential Palace intent on executing dictator Fulgencio Batista. People scurrying for cover as armed police engage the attackers on downtown streets. Police armored personnel carrier sits in the street. A truck full of armed police reinforcements arrives. Ambulance drives on street. A policeman carries a wounded woman. Bullet holes in windows. A person killed in the conflict. Scene shifts to a rural area where a jeep drives along a dirt road past a revolutionary sentry. Several revolutionaries from Venuezela and other Latin American countries are seen along with Cubans, in the company of Fidel Castro, who converses with them. On July 30, 1957, a funeral is held in Santiago de Cuba, for revolutionary, Frank Pais, assassinated by police. People crowd the street as his coffin is carried out of the church.They shout "venganza," (revenge). Elsewhere, police stand over the bodies of killed revolutionaries. Scenes of people meeting and grieving. Revolutionaries in the bush country of Oriente province. They ride horses. Che Guevara seen with them working with arms and explosives. Burning building and damage resulting from attacks by Batista forces. Castro with revolutionaries organizing in Oriente. Che Guevera instructing in use of arms and explosives. Revolutionaries unleashing heavy gunfire at Bastista forces. A revolutionaries hospital treating a wounded member. Open fire fights between Bastista forces and Castro revolutionaries.