Fires of October is the military history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Specifically, it covers the conflict that did not happen – the invasion of Cuba and other planned military actions where the world came perilously close to a nuclear Armageddon. Using recently declassified materials for the first time, the invasion of Cuba is laid out complete with all of the pitfalls and misinterpretations of intelligence at the time. The US expected heavy casualties in the largest amphibious operation since the Korean Inchon landings. Moreover, the invasion was based on old intelligence, dated maps and wilful misconceptions about the size, strength and composition of the Soviet forces on the island. Who would have won? How would the invasion have likely played out? For the first time ever, these topics will be presented in a compelling and engaging format.
234x 156 mm • hardback • 208 pages • 32 b/w photographs
Blaine Pardoe is an award-winning author of numerous military history books. He has been a featured speaker at the US National Archives, the US Navy Museum and the Smithsonian Air and Space museum. Pardoe has written previously for Fonthill Media with The Bad Boy: Bert Hall - Aviator and Mercenary of the Skies.
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