The FAR up to the Special Period, 1959–1990: The Third World’s Most Impressive Armed Force?
The small band of soldiers one sees in so many photographs marching down the Malecón (Havana’s magnificent ocean drive) in early January 1959, or accompanying their comandante in his triumphal parade through the smaller cities of Cuba and finally Havana itself in that first week of the new era, does not look much like an army. Instead, its young and grimy ranks seem something of a ragtag affair. But the illusion is just that.
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