Drawings of the Moncada Garrison Assault on July 26, 1953


Granma International reported on important sketches that have been preserved, which illustrate key moments of the Moncada Assault. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Moncada assault (see previous post July 26th Celebration in Cuba—60th Anniversary), the Cuban newspaper reproduced some of these historic drawings:

These drawings by H. Maza, published in color in the newspaper Revolución, are sketches of extraordinary moments which occurred during the assault on the Moncada Garrison, July 26, 1953 and during the trial of participants. They were based on descriptive reports from eye-witnesses Haydée Santamaría, Melba Hernández, Marta Rojas, and Baudilio Castellanos, who later confirmed their accuracy. They are of special importance, since no photographic record of the events exists.

dibujo2In the image above, the leadership of the revolutionary movement meets to make plans for the Moncada assault in Abel and Haydée Santamaría’s apartment, at 25th and O, in the Havana neighborhood of Vedado.

Drawing at left shows combat at Post 3 of the Moncada Garrison, commanded by Fidel.

dibujo3The next drawing takes place in the Justice Palace, on September 21 and 22, when the young lawyer Fidel Castro presents his defense, after being questioned as accused. He cross-examines his compañeros who denounce the torture they suffered and witnessed. Fidel is no longer the accused, but rather an irrefutable accuser and questions other defendants in the Urgent Tribunal’s Case 37. He appears wearing a toga on the attorneys’ bench.

For original article, see http://www.granma.cu/ingles/cuba-i/23jul-dibujos.html

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