Urgent Fury

Grenada 1983

Sanjay Badri-Maharaj

Reviewing and re-examining Operation Urgent Fury: the US Intervention in Grenada in 1983.
Date Published :
September 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Latin America@War
Illustration :
52 b/w photos, 61 color photos, 22 color profiles, 3 maps, 1 table
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781915070739
Pages : 90
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


In 1983, the United States launched a military operation to remove the military junta that had taken over the Caribbean island of Grenada. This operation, code-named Urgent Fury, was held out by the Regan Administration as a major military success and a victory against communism. In some ways it was. In others it was a foregone conclusion, a victory against a discredited regime with little support internally or externally.

Urgent Fury: Grenada 1983 examines the genesis of the Grenadian Revolution of 1979, the eventual fall of the Gairy Regime, and establishing of the English-speaking Caribbean’s only Soviet-bloc client state, albeit a short-lived one, and the rise and fall from grace of the populist Maurice Bishop. The growth and development of the People’s Revolutionary Armed Forces of Grenada are discussed and their strength, weapons and training are examined along with detail of Cuba’s military and civilian and presence and Castro’s agenda to influence the Grenadian Revolution.

The fall of Bishop’s government, and his subsequent arrest and murder, along with the popular backlash that this sparked are discussed, and the call for intervention is analyzed with attention being paid to the role of the Eastern Caribbean States and their contribution towards legitimizing the US action.

The planning, preparation and execution of Urgent Fury are detailed with attention being paid to the role of the Regional Security System and the Barbados Defence Force in this process. Operation Urgent Fury itself is covered in detail, with an emphasis upon the resistance of Grenadian Forces, despite many not reporting for duty.

Urgent Fury: Grenada 1983 is illustrated throughout with photographs, many reproduced in full color, along with original color artworks detailing the vehicles, aircraft and troops employed by both sides.

About The Author

Sanjay Badri-Maharaj from Trinidad, received his MA and PhD from the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. His thesis was on India’s Nuclear Weapons Program. He has written and published extensively, including two books – The Armageddon Factor: Nuclear Weapons in the India-Pakistan Context (2000) and Indian Nuclear Strategy: Confronting the Potential Nuclear Threat from both Pakistan and China (2018). He has served as a consultant to the Ministry of National Security in Trinidad and was a visiting International Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. This is his first instalment for Helion.

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