PLAYA GIRON The Cuban Exiles’ Invasion at the Bay of Pigs 1961

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The Bay of Pigs Invasion the failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the Central Intelligence Agency sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506 on 17 April 1961. A counter-revolutionary military group made up of mostly Cuban exiles who travelled to the United States after Castro’s take-over, but also of some US military personnel, trained and funded by the CIA, Brigade 2506 fronted the armed wing of the Democratic Revolutionary Front and intended to overthrow the increasingly communist government of Fidel Castro. Launched from Guatemala and Nicaragua, the invading force was defeated within three days by the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, under the direct command of Castro. This eventually led to the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. This book attempts to show the full picture from an objective point of view – gathering information from some of the few veterans still alive and from information both previously published and never published before.

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