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The directive intended the rescue project used to be past the achieve of just about each guy in Brigade 2506. A handful who had controlled to swim to 1 or one other of the bay’s outlying cays have been picked up, however the relaxation lay lifeless at the seashore or have been captured by means of Castro’s forces. At 2 P. M. on April 19, after days of being pounded via armed forces, tanks, and the Cuban air strength, Commander San Román and Brigade 2506 surrendered. “Everything is lost,” Allen Dulles advised former vice chairman Richard Nixon. “The Cuban invasion is a complete failure. ” Sixty-eight Cuban exiles have been killed within the Bay of Pigs debacle; 1,209 have been captured, and 9 of them died of asphyxiation in a windowless sealed truck that took them from the seashore to felony in Havana. After twenty days of interrogation, the prisoners got convey trials and sentenced to lifestyles in felony. THE BAY OF PIGS DEBACLE fee THE LIVES OF SEVENTY-SEVEN CUBAN EXILES. one other 1,209 have been CAPTURED via THE CUBANS, GIVEN convey TRIALS, AND SENTENCED TO lifestyles IN legal. quickly after the conviction of the boys of Brigade 2506, Castro made a public provide to interchange the prisoners for farm equipment. Kennedy leapt on the suggestion. instantly he shaped the Tractors for Freedom Committee, chaired through former first woman Eleanor Roosevelt, with the aim of amassing donations to buy farm gear for Cuba. however the workforce used to be unable to fulfill Castro’s exorbitant call for of $30 million worthy of capital reduction, and it disbanded. The tractor deal fell via. Negotiations among the 2 governments went on sporadically over the subsequent twenty months. eventually, on December 24, 1962, Castro introduced that he used to be liberating the Brigade 2506 prisoners in trade for $53 million in medication and meals from the U.S.. He additionally promised, “as a Christmas bonus,” to allow 1,000 of the prisoners’ family members to to migrate to the us. The animosity among Cuba and the USA intensified after the Bay of Pigs debacle. Cuba allied itself with the Soviet Union, whereas the United States persevered its coverage of setting apart Cuba economically and diplomatically. Soviet greatest Nikita Khrushchev seen America’s failure on the Bay of Pigs as an indication of Kennedy’s weak point and inexperience, an evaluation he felt used to be proven after assembly Kennedy on the Vienna Summit of April 1962, the place it seemed to a few that Kennedy used to be sandbagged by means of Khrushchev’s danger to chop off West Berlin from the Western powers. inside of six months, Khrushchev was once putting nuclear missiles in Cuba, an motion that introduced the realm as shut because it has ever come to all-out nuclear conflict. within the face of the missile difficulty, Kennedy held company. The Soviets sponsored down, removal the nuclear guns from Cuba, however the stress among Cuba and the USA has dragged on for greater than 40 years. in the course of that point, political observers and historians have argued that the failed invasion truly reinforced Castro’s grip on Cuba. definitely Che Guevara concept so. In August 1961, at a gathering of the association of yankee States in Uruguay, he despatched a word to Kennedy announcing, “Thanks for Playa Giron [another identify for the positioning of the invasion].