CUBA: Invasion Jitters

All week long Havana rang with feverish alarms against "U.S. aggression" and "invasion." Not a day passed without stories that an anti-Castro invasion fleet had sailed from Guatemala, that D-day was coming, that advance forces had already landed in Oriente province.

As newspapers, radio and TV commentators beat the drums, the country went on a virtual war footing. The government recalled troops to barracks, ordered militiamen to assembly points, and deployed thousands of men along the fortified beaches on the south coast between the provinces of Pinar del Rio and Camagüey. Using...

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