The Cuban Missile Crisis

Thirteen Days of Tension – The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Director of the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC) Arthur C. Lundahl squinted through a magnifying glass over a lighted table covered with photographs. The photographs were of landscapes taken from U-2 American spylanes some 14 miles above the ground of the island of Cuba. Pilot Richard S. Heyser had taken the photographs with the sophisticated equipment aboard U-2 Spylane 3101. The high-intensity cameras were able to pick up newspaper headlines from fourteen miles above the ground.
Lundahl looked more closely at the photograph before him. There, on the ground near San Cristobal, Cuba, were six large canvas-covered objects lay near four long slash-marks in the ground. To the casual eye they would just appear as insignificant marks on the ground with six canvases that could be anything, but to the trained eye they were something more. Lundahl studied the photograph and the dimensions of the six objects and after careful comparison with other photographs and dimensions of wartime weapons he concluded that the objects were none other than the dreaded Soviet SS-4 MRICBM's – medium-range intercontinental ballistic missiles. These missiles, when capped with nuclear warheads, were capable of destroying whole cities, with a range of up to 3000 miles. They were no more than ninety miles from the American Coast.
Lundahl picked up the phone of his office in the NPIC and immediately called the Secretary of State, Dean Rusk. The Cuban Missile Crisis had begun.
I will be writing my paper on the Cuban Missile Crisis and the events that led up to it, as well as the events that occurred after it. I will detail America's involvement in the crisis, as well as Cuba's and the Soviet Union's. I will inform you as much as possible of the thirteen days in October when we came closer than ever before to World War III.
Before this fateful day…

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