The Bay of Pigs: Cuba 1961

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Osprey's examination of the events in the Bay of Pigs (1961) that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962). In early 1961 President John F. Kennedy gave the go-ahead to an existing plan for Cuban exiles to return to overthrow Fidel Castro's communist regime. While the CIA helped in the planning stages, the attempt would not be assisted by any US armed forces. On the night of April 16, 1961, a force of 1,400 exiles, known as 2506 Brigade, landed at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba, supported by a few World...
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Overview

Osprey's examination of the events in the Bay of Pigs (1961) that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962). In early 1961 President John F. Kennedy gave the go-ahead to an existing plan for Cuban exiles to return to overthrow Fidel Castro's communist regime. While the CIA helped in the planning stages, the attempt would not be assisted by any US armed forces. On the night of April 16, 1961, a force of 1,400 exiles, known as 2506 Brigade, landed at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba, supported by a few World War II vintage aircraft flying from Nicaragua. While they succeeded in knocking out some of Castro's small air force on the ground, the remaining Cuban aircraft sank two of the exiles' support ships, and the beachhead became isolated. Fighting continued for three days before Castro's army overwhelmed the landing force. Most of the exiles were captured and suffered a harsh imprisonment before the US negotiated their release. This episode, followed by the installation of Soviet missiles in Cuba, led directly to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, and continues to affect US/Cuban diplomatic relations to this day. This book, written by the nephew of a surviving 2506 Brigade veteran, includes detailed color plates, unpublished photographs, and interviews with veterans.
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"Quesada provides all of this information in an easy-to-read format. He includes several photographs from private collections that have never been seen by the public. Also, illustrator Stephen Walsh includes some excellent illustrations that show the uniforms, insignia, and weapons of the combatants and some battle scenes... This book gives an excellent overview of the men who tried and failed to overthrow Fidel Castro in 1961." -Jeff Grim, Collected Miscellany - www.collectedmiscellany.com (July 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033230
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/20/2009
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alejandro de Quesada is a Florida-based military history writer, an experienced researcher and collector of militaria, photos and documents and runs an archive and historical consulting for museums as well as for films as a secondary business with a strong Military History content. He has written over 100 articles and over 25 books, including several for Osprey, and is a leading authority on Latin-American subjects. 

Author of the following Osprey titles to date: The Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection; The US Home Front 1941-45; Roosevelt's Rough Riders; The Bay of Pigs; The Mexican Revolution; The United States Coast Guard during World War Two; Spanish Colonial Fortifications in North America.

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Table of Contents

The Road to Giron 3

The Revolutionary regime

Counterrevolution 6

The CIA

Raising an Army of Revolution 8

Assault Brigade 2506

Creating a clandestine air force

The secret navy

Puerto Barrios: interlude in Guatemala

Changing the plan

The Bay of Pigs 17

D-3, April 14: the failed diversion

D-2, April 15: the air strikes

D-1, April 16: reactions

April 17: the landings

First reactions from the air

The airdrop

Consequences of the loss of the Rio Escondido

April 17/18: night battles

D+1, April 18: strangulation

D+2, April 19: destruction

Aftermath 46

Fading hopes

Fallout

Retrospect

Select Bibliography 55

Uniforms and Equipment 57

Cuban Liberation Forces

Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces

Plate Commentaries 61

Index 64

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