In late December 1958, the 8th column "Ciro Redondo", lead by Commander Che Guevara, broke into Santa Clara
In late December 1958, the 8th column "Ciro Redondo", lead by Commander Che Guevara, broke into Santa Clara the last bastion of the dictator Batista in the way to Havana. 3500 soldiers and a shielded train fought against 350 guerrillas and the rose up people of Santa Clara. On December 29, they appropriated the train, fact that triggered the overthrow of Batista, and the rebel forces consolidated the occupation of the city. On January 1, 1959 Batista and his officers abandoned the island. Camilo and Che, with the Rebel Army, advanced on Havana. The revolution had been a success. A new Cuba was born.
“More united and strong than ever shall the people and the Rebel Army be, so that the victory that has caused so much blood is not robbed from us”.Fidel Castro
January 11, 1959“We are now occupying a position where we are much more than simple factors of a nation; currently, we are the hope of the whole irredeemable America. All the eyes, both of the great oppressors and hopeful people, are put on us. The development of the American popular movements depends on our future attitude, on our capacity to solve multiple problems, and each step taken shall be watched by the omnipresent eyes of the great creditor and by the optimistic eyes of our fellowmen and women in the Americas”.Ernesto Che Guevara.
“Pasajes de la guerra revolucionaria” (“Passages of the revolutionary war”)