Invasion of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Part of Caribbean Theatre (Battle of the Atlantic) of World War III
Cuba Mi24 Hind
Cuban Air Force Mi-24 Hind in a field in the Middle Caicos.
Date November 2-5, 1989
Location British overseas territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Result Cuban Victory
  • Cuban occupation of TCI
  • United Kingdom declares war on Cuba
  • UK deploys troops to its Caribbean territories
Cuba occupies the Turks and Caicos
Flag of Cuba Cuba Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
The Invasion of the Turks and Caicos Islands was a Cuban offensive when it entered World War III as an ally of the Soviet Union. The island chain, including the nearby islands of the Bahamas, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, were invaded by Cuba to distract U.S. forces defending the naval bases in the East Coast from Soviet submarine raids. The TCI was captured in a span of three days, as resistance against the Cuban was light. This provoked the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realm to declare war on Cuba. The United Kingdom then deployed troops, aircraft, and naval ships to Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and Montserrat. Refugee camps were set up around the British overseas territories in the Caribbean to accommodate countless Turks and Caicos Islanders displaced by the Cuban occupation.

Later in the war, the TCI would be liberated by the United Kingdom and their allies.