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TinWiki: Bay of Pigs

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posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 02:20 PM
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The United States, during the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower and before the Presidency of John F. Kennedy wanted to remove Fidel Castro from power in Cuba. The CIA picked up Cuban nationals and immigrants in 1960 to train them for an invasion on Cuba's mainland.

The Invasion

The invasion itself occurred on April 17, 1961 at Playa Giron and ended in a defeat of American forces when they were repelled by the Cuban Military. It is known that the Cuban government was aware of the impending invasion planned by the C.I.A. due to intelligence passed on by two K.G.B. agents that were killed before the invasion took place. There was also loose talk by servicemen going around in Florida concerning the impending invasion that made its way back to Fidel Castro.

This invasion led to the direct acceleration towards the Cuban Missile Crises.

U.S. Expectations

The invasion was expected to cause a popular uprising amongst the people of Cuba in such a way that they would overthrow the government without too much American involvement. That hope was never realized when the Cuban people stood behind their Communist dictator and defended their country using mostly U.S.S.R. tanks and weapons.



 





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