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Soviet Equipment Pouring into Cuba

Oct. 19, 1962 - The Soviet bloc poured equipment and supplies into Cuba last month at a rate of more than a shipload a day, U.S. sources said today. It was estimated that a total of about 40 cargo ships — Russian and chartered non-Communist vessels — carried material to bolster the regime of Premier Fidel Castro. About 15 to 18 ships a month arrived in the early phase of the Soviet build-up of Cuba. The U.S. Government reported about a month ago that more than 100 vessels of all kinds were arriving monthly in Cuban ports. American officials said possibly half the ships carried general cargo — including food and industrial equipment — and the rest, military equipment and personnel.

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