Cuban Missile Crisis: October 24, 1962 – part 1

Speaker: John F Kennedy
Delivered On: 10/24/1962
Place: Washington, D.C.
Subject: Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962. United
States — Foreign relations — Soviet Union.
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Description: See resource for
October 18, 1962
for brief description of the Cuban Missile crisis and previous
clips in this series for timeline events up to this date.
Summary of conversations:

Tape 36.1-36.1A, October 24, time unknown: Consideration of civil defense options
and planning for possible Soviet responses in Berlin:

JFK concludes that if we invade in the next ten days, the missile base crews in
Cuba will likely fire at least some of the missiles at US targets. He asks whether
we could evacuate civilian populations from cities a few days before the invasion.
[2:50] Response (voice unidentified) is that cities actually provide the best protection
against radiation.

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