The Batista war was an elaborate ruse and gaudy clown show falselyexaggerated by the American leftist media. After the “gloriousvictory”, Castro’s lot were content to run down and execute the fewBatista men motivated enough to shoot back (most of these were of humble background), settle into the mansions stolen from
,and enjoy the rest of their booty.In December 1956, a party of 70 badly trained revolutionary rich boysled by Castro, landed from a yacht named Granma intending to start anarmed resistance movement in the Sierra Maestra. They had landed atLos Colorados beach, on the southwestern coast of Oriente Province.Castro's forces were attacked by the Cuban military aircraft, but heand 20 men survived by escaping into the wooded mountains of theSierra Maestra.Less than two years later 3 80man rebel columns and athousand man unarmed logistics force defeated Batistas 4,000-40,000man army navy and air force. Batista's army was not an army, but acorrupt bunch of thugs with no motivation and not much organizationAs an American intelligence liaison reported: I asked how the(Batista)army was doing in its operations against the guerrillas andwas told that it was not fighting. Only rarely did it venture from itsbarracks and obviously was very reluctant to move into the hills toseek out the rebels. Batista spread his weird army out all over Cuba insquad sized groups of 8-10 men stationed in hundreds of villages andtowns.In an act of desperation, Batista sent one of his most feared officersafter Castro with a force of 500 men in 1968. But even this effortbackfired. Many troops pulled up lame with self-inflicted injuries.Others sold the rebels their guns. Castro captured the army'scommunications trailer and opened a number of fronts that wentunchallenged as his three small columns advanced into Havana.
A Typical Cuban War Battle
On January 14, 1957, Castro’s entire 25 man army came to a halt bythe Magdalena River, which separates La Plata and a ridge beginningin the Sierra Maestra and ending at the sea. Fidel gave orders for