Cuba: Fidel and the Nazis

Fidel Castro ‘recruited Nazi SS members to train troops during Cuban missile crisis’
Fidel Castro recruited former members of the Nazi SS Waffen to train his troops at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, declassified German intelligence files show.

Papers released this week by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) – the German foreign intelligence agency – show information gathered by German operatives 50 years ago during the tense days of the Cuban missile crisis.

They reveal that Castro personally approved a plan to hire former Nazi officers to instruct the Cuban revolutionary army, offering them wages that were four times the average salary in Germany at the time and the chance to start a new life in Havana.

They papers, dating from October 1962, show that four former officers from the elite Nazi death squads had been invited to the Cuban capital, although subsequent reports could only confirm that two had arrived.

It also showed how the Castro regime negotiated with two traffickers linked with Germany’s far Right to purchase Belgian made pistols to arm the Cuban forces.

The conclusion drawn by German secret service officials was that the Cuban regime wanted to free itself from total dependence on Soviet backed training and supplies.

Humberto Fontova asks So just what did the SS soldiers teach the Cubans, anyway?

First off, Castro’s troops are hapless draftees who probably detest the regime as much as anyone in Miami. They have no stake in its wars. But mainly, it’s the rampant megalomania and paranoia of their commander in chief that accounts for the Cuban military’s astounding stupidities and failures.

Communist armies in general and Castroite armies in particular promote officers not on battlefield merit but strictly on political reliability, which is to say on lackeyism, cowardice and donkeyheadedness.

Plus, Fidel needed Soviet money for all this grandstanding, just as he now needs Hugo’s oil.

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4 Responses to “Cuba: Fidel and the Nazis”

  1. Kermit Says:

    I’ve looked at those three Cuban refineries via Google Maps/Satellite. Wow, what deteriorating simple refineries they are, the type for light sweet crude oil. Venezuela doesn’t produce any of that type of crude. At best these are hydroskimming refineries typically found little other treatment is used to make mostly gasoline, diesel and kerosene (jet fuel) with some residual fuel oil.

    Venezuelan crudes can be used in such refineries, but is very uneconomical. Hugo’s not really doing Cuba any favors here folks.

    The refinery at Cienfuegos does appear to have some old thermal cracking capability such as a Houdry process, but virtually no one uses that any longer.

  2. Fausta Says:

    Could it be that Cuba just sells the oil on, instead of processing it, Kermit?

  3. John Says:

    Here in Panama some service stations are re-branding American brands to Puma brand gasoline. Puma is headquartered in Geneva Switzerland. It has ties with Trafigura which is headquartered in Lucene, Switzerland. Trafigure is a huge privately held worldwide oil trading firm. It was founded by two ex traders with Marc Rich’s Glencore which is the 500 pound gorilla in oil trading. (The other big old trader is Vitrol.) The general public does not know about these trading companies but these companies are the movers and shakers. They will do business with just about anyone. So no telling what they do with Venezuelan/Cuban crude. At one time Glencore was a buyer of Venezuelan crude.

    So any of these oil trading companies could buys the Venezuelan crude, sell it to American refiners

  4. John Says:

    To finish my reply..They can buy Venezuelan crude which goes to the USA and then ship crude from other sources to supply Cuba. Being based in Switzerland they play by a different set of rules.