Published on
May 27, 2022
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Sanjay Badri-Maharaj
Other Publication Information
55 photographs, all in black and white. Five Maps with one in color and 6 tables.
15 profiles; 12 airplanes; 3 soft skin Vehicles; 2 Indian Personnel and 1 Guerrilla personnel..
60 pages. Softbound.
Company: Helion & Company - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site

This book is Number 26 of the “Asia War” series. The book is divided into 6 sections, two appendixes, Bibliography and notes. One of the sections is the introduction to Operation Cactus, as well as a small history, and the location of the Maldives Islands.

This introduction section, introduces you to the Sri Lanka’s Tamil insurgents. You are also introduced to the politics, and the economy of the Maldives Islands and the genesis of the Coup.

The second section talks about Opposing Forces and includes such information as the condition of the Indian Armed Forces, as well as the Maldives forces. This section includes such information as the condition of the Indian Forces post 1971. Conditions of the Indian armed forces in 1988 are also presented, starting with the Indian Air Force. Information about the Indian Navy and Army are included as well. Other information in the section relates to the Indian intervention capabilities, the lack of a Rapid Reaction Force, the Maldives National Security Forces and of course the People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam.

Section three pertains mostly to the attack of the rebel forces and their actual plan the rebel forces had, >as well as the assault by said troops. This section ends with the call for help by the Maldives Government to India.

The next section talks about the response by India, their reaction, as well as how the Indian Air Force and Navy prepared for going into battle. Most of the section is dedicated to the paras. Units involved include the 50th Para Brigade, and the 17th Para Field Regiment. The support provided by the engineers artillery and other branches are presented.

The last section gives us the arrival of the Indian forces and how they defeated the rebels. The last section provides the complete defeat of the rebels, their escape and capture and the gratitude of the Maldives Government for India’s help in defeating the rebels.

The book has very good pictures of the equipment used by the Indian forces. The part I enjoyed the best was the profiles of 12 airplanes, as well as those of the soft skin equipment and the Indian forces battle dress. The book has a fair amount of equipment photos throughout and my only regret is that there are none in color. But, like my father used to tell me: ”Son, you can not have it all.”

Many thanks to Casemate Publishing for allowing me to review the book.


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