The Bay of Pigs

The Bay of Pigs

Cuba 1961

Elite 166
  • Author: Alejandro de Quesada
  • Illustrator: Stephen Walsh
  • Short code: ELI 166
  • Publication Date: 10 Jan 2009
  • Number of Pages: 64
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ALSO AVAILABLE TO BUY AS AN E-BOOK. The landings by the Cuban exile Assault Brigade 2506 at the Bay of Pigs on April 17, 1961 led to three days of savage but unequal combat. Before they even sailed for Cuba, a White House decision had condemned them to constant attacks by Castro's air force, which sank two of their ships loaded with vital supplies and equipment. Despite stubborn resistance to Castro's troops and tanks, and heroic sorties by Cuban and American B-26 pilots, the Brigade was strangled for lack of firepower and ammunition. Their story is illustrated with rare photos from Brigade veterans, and detailed color plates of the uniforms and insignia of both sides.

Biographical Note

Alejandro de Quesada is a Florida-based military history writer, an experienced researcher and collector of militaria, photos and documents and runs an archive as a secondary business. He has written 12 books and over 50 articles, including for Osprey Elite 137 The Mexican Revolution 1910-20 and the forthcoming World War II US Home Front. Stephen Walsh studied Art at the North East Wales Institute and has worked as a professional illustrator since 1988. Since then he has illustrated a variety of books and games including the Settlers of Catan. His projects for Osprey include such diverse subjects as the Battle of Otterburn, the Chinese army 1937-49 and the US Home Front 1941-45. He is married with two children and lives in Macclesfield.


From Revolution to Missile Crisis - historical introduction Chronology of events The Cuban Armed Forces The Army of Liberationo (2506 Brigade) Supporting US elements (CIA) Bibliography Plate Commentaries

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