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发表于 2016-7-9 23:23:40 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
  Fidel Castro himself led the counter-attack against the Bay of Pigs
landings
          1961: Exiles invade Cuba at Bay of Pigs
          England have
          Reports from Cuba say the island has been invaded by counter-revolutionary
forces trying to overthrow the country's leader, Fidel Castro.
          The only news coming out of Cuba is broadcast by the government-run radio
station. All other communications with the island have been cut.
          THe first landing is reported to have taken place in the early hours of
this morning.
          Broadcasts from Cuban government radio appealing for medical help indicate
that the raiders have successfully penetrated 25 miles (40km) inland.
          They appear to have come ashore on an area of the coast known as the Bah de
Cochinos, or Bay of Pigs, south-east of the capital, Havana.
          There is no indication as to the size of the invasion force, but Dr Castro,
in a speech on Cuban government radio, said they are supported by aircraft and
warships.
          "The glorious soldiers of the revolutionary army and the national militia
are battling the enemy at all the points where they have landed," he said.
          High alert
          The Cuban military have been on high alert for an imminent invasion for
some days.
          In a speech yesterday, Fidel Castro told the Cuban people he intended to
resist such an attack with "an iron hand".
          Cuban exiles based in the United States, who are organising the attempt to
overthrow the Castro regime, say thousands of Cubans have joined the rebel
forces.
          However, there is no independent confirmation of the level of support for
the invasion from within Cuba.
          The leader of the Cuban exile movement in the US, Dr Miro Cardona, said the
battle had begun "to liberate our homeland from the despotic rule of Fidel
Castro".
          Dr Cardona played a part in Fidel Castro's revolution against the
dictatorship of President Batista in 1959, and was prime minister for 45 days
before Dr Castro himself took over.
          US denial
          In a statement in Washington, the US Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, has
again denied US involvement in the invasion of Cuba.
          He said the United States had not, and would not intervene in Cuba, with
armed forces or otherwise.
          Strong suspicions that the United States is sponsoring an offensive against
the Castro government have been fuelled by the bombing of three of Cuba's
military air bases two days ago.
          The US denied all knowledge of the episode, saying Cuban Air Force pilots
defecting to Florida were responsible.
          But reporters who watched one of the planes land in Miami after carrying
out the attack described features which indicated it was American-made.
          The search goes on for the survivors of the Affray
          1951: Fears for crew of lost British submarine
          Artificially 1969:
          The The entire 75-strong crew of a British submarine is feared dead after
going missing off the south coast of England.
          The Affray left Portsmouth last night and submerged about 30 miles south of
the Isle of Wight at 2115 BST (2015GMT).
          She was due to resurface today at 0830 BST (0730GMT) off Start Point but no
surfacing signal was received and her current position is not known.
          The code word "subsmash" was sent out to set in place a search and rescue
operation.
          Search for survivors
          Twenty-six ships and submarines from four countries - Britain, France,
Belgium and the US - are involved and every available aircraft has joined the
search.
          All vessels have been asked to look out for survivors, wreckage or oil
spills on the surface of the water.
          As well as its normal crew of 61, on board, there were two classes of
submarine officers under training and a small party of Royal Marines.
          According to the Admiralty, they were on a practice war patrol between
Portsmouth and Falmouth.
          Chance of survival
          A senior submarine officer said the crew could survive for up to three days
in such a large submarine if they used special oxygen candles stored on
board.
          The Affray is an A-class submarine designed for service in the Pacific. She
was built in 1946 by Cammell Laird and belongs to the 5th Submarine
Flotilla.
          In January last year, HM Submarine Truculent sank in the Thames Estuary
after colliding with another vessel leading to the death of 64 seamen.
          Vocabulary:
          overthrow: to throw over;to bring about downfall or destruction(推翻,颠覆)
          resurface: to come to the surface again, reappear(重新出现,重新浮现)
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