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Despite the legendary reputation and unshakeable will of the revolutionary leader Che Guevara, his meager, isolated guerrilla units were no match for a professional army deploying ground and air forces with solid U.S. military and intelligence backing. The insurgents made their own miscalculations as well. They selected the lowland region around Ñancahuazú, expecting to have more time to prepare themselves without being detected and not considering carefully the real conditions of the local rural population. Under permanent assault by the military, the population did not provide the enthusiastic support expressed by workers in the remote highland mines or students and...

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