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British map and document showing the range of missiles on Cuba, 22 October 1962
(Catalogue ref: PREM 11/3689)
PREM 11/3689; document showing range of missiles, 1962 PREM 11/3689; document showing range of missiles, 1962
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PREM 11/3689; map showing range of missiles, 1962

Questions

  1. Why would this information have disturbed the people of the USA?

  2. Would this information have disturbed the British?

  3. What pressures would the release of this information have placed on Kennedy, bearing in mind that the mid-term elections were due in November 1962?

  4. Do you agree or disagree with the view that Kennedy had no real choice but to take firm action against the USSR over the missiles in Cuba? Explain your point of view.