50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAY OF PIGS
Preparing another invasion
IN July 1961, President John F.
Kennedy was putting the finishing touches on a plan
to send in U.S. troops in order to prevent communist
domination in Cuba.
Your mission: to
"MY first instinct was to come back here.
Imagine, we heard that they had bombed the
airports. I immediately thought about the Rancho
Boyeros one – I live now, and then, right beside
the runway – what might have happened to my
family, I asked myself."
Renovation of Girón Museum
Mementos of war
CIENAGA DE ZAPATA.— The Girón Museum (Bay
of Pigs), an institution which celebrates in images,
artifacts and other elements the epic feat of April
1961, is close to the completion of a major
renovation which will restore the building’s well-known
The Moncada of
the young artillery
IN October 1960, Comandante en Jefe Fidel
Castro Ruz called on young people to rapidly learn
to handle antiaircraft weapons which were beginning
to arrive in Cuba from the socialist countries.
commander who covered us with his life
I was in Playa Girón [Bay of Pigs]
like thousands of Cubans who had the privilege of
living those heroic days in the defense of the
socialist Revolution, with weapons in our hands,
confronting imperialist aggression against our
invasion via the Ciénaga?
the approval of President Ike Eisenhower, and as
part of the strategy against the Cuban Revolution,
government agencies and the CIA in particular,
developed a military operation to prevent the
consolidation of a “communist government” in the
Poetry in battle
DURING the afternoon of April 17, 1961 following the
mercenary landing and taking of Playa Girón (Bay of
Pigs), militia forces from the Aguada de Pasajeros
Battalion; militias working at the INRA (National
Institute of Agrarian Reform) and Revolutionary
Armed Forces (FAR) Security Detachment troops