Examine the events of August 1962 in detail as Foreign Policy continues its retelling of the Cuban missile crisis, 50 years later:
Aug. 3, 1962
The Soviet ship Divnogorsk, shown above, arrives in the port of Mariel, Cuba. Soviet military headquarters staff are on board.
Aug. 5, 1962
The Soviet cargo ship Bardin leaves for Cuba from Sevastopol carrying equipment for Soviet headquarters staff.
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