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The Cuban Intervention in Angola, 1965-1991 : From Che Guevara to Cuito Cuanavale - Edward George

The Cuban Intervention in Angola, 1965-1991

From Che Guevara to Cuito Cuanavale

Hardcover Published: 20th January 2005
ISBN: 9780415350150
Number Of Pages: 354

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A new examination of why Cuba, a Caribbean country, sent half a million of its citizens to fight in Angola in Africa, and how a short-term intervention escalated into a lengthy war of intervention.

It clearly details how in January 1965 Cuba formed an alliance with the Angolan MPLA which evolved into the flagship of its global 'internationalist' mission, spawning the military intervention of November 1975 culminating in Cuba's spurious 'victory' at Cuito Cuanavale and Cuba's fifteen-year occupation of Angola.

Drawing on interviews with leading protagonists, first-hand accounts and archive material from Cuba, Angola and South Africa, this new book dispels the myths of the Cuban intervention, revealing that Havana's decision to intervene was not so much an heroic gesture of solidarity, but rather a last-ditch gamble to avert disaster. By examining Cuba's role in the Angolan War in a global context, this book demonstrates how the interaction between the many players in Angola shaped and affected Cuba's intervention as it headed towards its controversial conclusion.

List of maps
List of photographic plates
Internationalism in the Cuban Revolution and the Birth of the Alliance with the MPLA 2 . The Cuban mission to Brazzaville & the Collapse of the Alliance
The Carnation Revolution & the failure of Angola's Decolonisation
Operations Savannah and Carlota
'The Second Liberation War'
The Failed Withdrawal From Angola
'The People's War': Cuban internationalists in Angola
Abortive Peace Negotiations and the path to full-scale war
The Big Offensives
The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale
The Fighting in Southwest Angola and the Negotiating End-Game
The sting in the tail: the withdrawal from Angola the Ochoa case & the start of the 'Special Period'
Select bibliography
Angolan Place Name Variants
Cuban Troop Numbers and Soviet Military Aid to Angolap. 1975-1991
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415350150
ISBN-10: 0415350158
Series: Cass Military Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 20th January 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 16.15  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1