This is Che’s story – of how a small band within a few months was transformed into a Rebel Army. Originally published in 1968, this Revised Edition includes a new Foreword by Don Fitz, author of Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution. As Che remarked: “…I was more a medic than a soldier.” Fitz takes this observation as a starting point and highlights how the seeds of Cuba’s world renown health care system were planted in the mountains of the Sierra Maestra.
Episodes of the Revolutionary War starts with the baptism by fire at that first, almost fatal battle in December 1956, when Che thought he was dead and covers the eight months during which the Rebel Army took shape in the Sierra. Four articles, which have been added as an appendix, place this crucial formative period in the context of the entire war. In them, Che tells of the invasion of the plains in 1958 that culminated in the fall of the city of Santa Clara – the decisive battle of which Che was chief strategist leading to the end of the Batista regime and the victory of the Revolution on January 1, 1959.