The Invasion of the Bahamas was a Cuban offensive meant to distract the United States and the allied forces in North America from Soviet naval raids on bases on the East Coast. The invasion was swift, as the newly commissioned Royal Bahamas Defence Force, combined with local police units, was overwhelmed by the strength of the Cuban military. In just 48 hours, Cuba occupied majority of the island group. Nonetheless, remnants of the RBDF, police, and other civilians continued resistance and guerrilla warfare against the Cubans. Majority of the Bahamanian civilians that managed to escape the occupation ended up in refugee camps set up in Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, and the U.S. states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia.
The invasion of the Bahamas provoked a response from the United States and the United Kingdom - in which was also provoked by the Cuban Invasion of the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory. At later courses of the war, forces from the U.S., U.K, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, and Colombia liberated the Caribbean islands occuped by Cuba, including the Bahamas.