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Ernesto (Che) Guevara's Biography

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna was born on June 14th, 1928. Also known under the name "Che
Guevara" or "El Che" is one of the leading Marxist figures of modern history. Born in Argentina,
Ernesto was a revolutionary, a medic as well as a Cuban political figure.

The journey of "El Che" took a real start while he was a medicine student. He took the decision to
travel through many Latin America countries, and this opportunity led him to see poverty with his
own eyes and to feel the level of injustice and social inequality and corruption.

This has led Ernesto to get more and more convinced that this situation needed a remedy and that
the impoverished population should not remain in such conditions. As such, Guevara traveled to
Guatemala and tried to get a grasp of what reforms could be implemented in the other countries,
while getting more and more convinced that a revolution may ultimately be the solution sought.

Upon his arrival in 1953 to Guatemala, Che Guevara wrote that he wanted to settle for a little while
there in order to perfect himself and accomplish all possible means in order to become a true
revolutionary.
Ernesto met a Peruvian but Guatemala-settled politician named Hilda Acosta and married her at a
later stage (in Mexico). This also gave him the opportunity to get more connections to leading
political figures.
Guevara actually had the "Che" linked to his name right in Guatemala, which means 'hello' and
'mate' in Argentina, due to him frequently using it in conversations.

Soon, a coup in Guatemala lead by Carlos Armas (and which started by trying to stop a shipment of
arms from communist Czechoslovakia to the Guatemalan regime) pushed Guevara to hold the arms
and join a guerilla force to help the leftist leader. But the latter couldn't last long and asked his
supporters, including Ernesto to leave the country.
Che Guevara was frustrated at the fact that foreign intelligence agencies had helped lead a coup in a
country he saw as ideal for his idea of reforms, and began to perceive imperialism as a tool that
deepens social inequalities.

After leaving Guatemala, and refusing to go back to Argentina in such situations, Che Guevara
headed to Mexico where he ultimately met Raul Castro, the younger brother of Fidel Castro.
Ernesto soon met the elder brother and quickly had the impression that this guy was his
revolutionary idol. As such, El Che decided to join Castro's 26th of July armed group. Guevara
attended much training and was soon found to be one of the most outstanding students.
Guevara soon headed with the movement to Cuba in order to topple the government of Fulgencio
Batista.
His often described braveries in warfare soon lead his comrades to call him "El Commandante".
Many do accuse Guevara that he had zero tolerance for a number of issues and had executed many
spies and deserts from his group.

Guevara has also become a trainer in Sierra Maestra, where he would give guerilla tactics lessons to
new recruits. He also received help and support from multiple local groups.
The rebellion became more and more intense, and heavy fighting started spreading all over east
Cuba. Che Guevara established a so called suicide squad which was responsible for the most
difficult guerilla missions.
From 'la ofensiva' in Sierra Maestra, to the major attack on Santa Clara near the end of the year
1958, Che Guevara started winning decisive battles.
This soon led Batistia to flee the country and leave control to the 26th of July group.

And to top all of the above. Algeria.After this victory. Some of the countries he visited are: China. industry minister as well as an official at the institute of agrarian reform. he went on a close-to-be world tour. Some of the others posts Guevara has assumed in the post-revolution Cuba are president of the national Cuban bank (whereby he signed the bank notes with the famous 'Che' nickname). receiving heavy critics from outsiders. On the 8th of October 1967. This latter idea is backed u by the fact that. Egypt. Ernesto divorced his wife and married a 26th of July woman leader named Aleida. He assumed several responsibilities. Ghana. trying to explain his point of view and to explain why socialism is the answer to the nations' struggles. He also expected to find many sympathizers that will help him in his quest. His last appearance to the public was from the capital of Algeria on the 24th of February 1965. the communication system he had with him and which was supposed to keep him in contact with Havana. After that. Ernesto went to New York. It is worthy to mention that Guevara has refused on several occasions to receive his multiple due salaries. an alleged informant led the Bolivian special forces to Guevara's lair. Congo-Brazzaville. it was said that the former Soviet Union was not satisfied with the fact that Guevara was getting real close with China. mainly that Guevara had in mind that he will be fighting only the regular army. He went on to the extent of saying that the United States and the Soviet Union represent the northern hemisphere that always tries to exploit the southern one. and did mention his strong support to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. . At the end of the year 1964. He also confessed his role in the crisis between Cuba and the United States. But this rebellion did not really succeed due to different factors. Che Guevara mentioned that the Soviet Union betrayed Cuba by removing the ballistic missiles without even discussing it with Fidel Castro. Guevara announced his resignation from all the posts he was assuming in Cuba. accusing him of literally executing former officers from the old regime without real trials. was faulty and later lost. He also expressed his will to continue the fight elsewhere. And in a letter addressed to Fidel Castro. This did not really happen in Bolivia. During the period where Guevara did not show in Cuba's public life (mainly 1965-1967). just like the case was in Cuba.. during his last speech in Algeria. and did not anticipate that the United States will send troops and agents to Bolivia in order to help its government. This move is often seen in the eyes of his supporters as an attempt to foster the image of the good leader in the mind of the people of Latin America. Guevara tried to export the concept of guerilla warfare and revolution to the outside of Cuba such as Panama and the Dominican Republic. attended and gave a speech at the United Nations general assembly.. one of which was being a prison commander. he was now in Bolivia and started yet warfare against the government there. News about Ernesto Guevara de la Serna was heard again in 1967 . Che Guevara was proclaimed a Cuban citizen (by birth) in recognition of the help he provided to the rebels in order to make the revolution successful. and he even gave up his Cuban nationality. and insisted on only taking a small pay for his role as an army commander. with whom he had children. It is also believed that Guevara was not really pleased with the way the Soviet Union was handling external politics. but his attempts were not successful. North Korea and Tanzania. when the former Soviet Union installed ballistic nuclear missiles in Cuba.

and the latter stole Guevara's Rolex watch and other personal items. The capture of Guevara did not last long. rather it is believed he was repeatedly shot in the lower part of his body. It is also said that the CIA agent that administered the capture of Che Guevara is named Felix Rodriguez. where he was executed.resulting in his capture. The remains of Ernesto were then laid to rest in a special ceremony in the city of Santa Clara in Cuba. mugs and other accessories worldwide (mainly in monochrome) was taken by a photographer. and when sighting the Bolivian agents. October 9th 1967. and Guevara sent a direct rescue for them. It is said that Guevara's rifle was hit by a bullet during the exchange of fire with the Bolivian agents. It is widely believed that the act of execution was not supposed to be known to the general public because Ernesto was not shot directly in the face r chest. while he was usually seen smiling in the majority of other pictures available for the public. and socialism in broad. A more condensed timeline can be checked at this link Ernesto Che Guevara © Copyright 2009 · All Rights Reserved · Privacy Policy . and that he suffered bullet wounds in his legs. Next day. during a memorial service Guevara attended for dead French sailors. Santa Clara being the place of one of the major offensives that Guevara's guerilla had launched in order to take over Cuba. Other critics deny this statement. Fidel Castro announced on October 15th that Guevara is dead and declared a three days mourning period in respect to the sacrifices the man had made for Cuba in specific. Guevara shouted that he'd be more important alive and captive than executed. This is what probably explain in the eyes on many the serious look he had in that photograph. he was taken to a schoolhouse in La Higuera. and proudly kept showing them to the media in the long period that succeeded El Che's execution. especially his legs. Some witnesses mentioned that before the capture. where a team of medics performed tests to make sure this is him. Alberto Korda. The body of Guevara was not recovered until October 17th 1997. in a mausoleum built for this specific purpose. These men died when an accidental explosion ripped through their vessels while they were unloading ammunition in Havana. Another point to mention is that the famous portrait of Che Guevara that is printed on many t-shirts. at around 1pm. The remains of other comrades of Guevara were found as well. But a second explosion could not be avoided and more than a hundred servicemen died.