Grenada: Declassified


UK files/articles on Grenada show the UK’s secret plan to invade a decade before the US did so in 1983, and the rift between Thatcher and Reagan over the latter.



‘Operational Planning: Caribbean, Grenada, internal security’, DEFE 25/367 (1974-9) (National Archives)

‘Internal situation in Grenada’, FCO 63/1138 (1973) (National Archives)

‘Internal siuation in Grenada’, FCO 63/1250 (1974) (National Archives)

‘Internal political situation in Grenada’, FCO 63/1466 (1977) (National Archives)

‘Caribbean, 1970-4’, PREM 15/2018 (National Archives)


US invasion, 1983

‘The secret story of Grenada’s independence’ (Phil Miller, Race & Class, 2015)

‘Ronald Reagan apologizes to Margaret Thatcher for 1983 Grenada invasion in secret recording’ (Associated Press, 10 November 2014)

‘Tape reveals Reagan apology to Thatcher over Grenada’ (BBC, 10 November 2014)

‘Reagan apologised to angry Thatcher over Grenada, tapes reveal’ (Guardian, 10 November 2014)

‘New Documents Reveal Britain’s Secret Plan to Invade a Tiny Caribbean Island’ (Phil Miller, Vice News, 24 October 2014)

‘Britain opposed 1983 Grenada invasion’ (Caribbean360, 2 August 2013)

‘National archives: Reagan blindsided Thatcher over 1983 Grenada invasion’ (Guardian, 1 August 2013)

‘Documents Show Thatcher-Reagan Rift Over U.S. Decision to Invade Grenada’ (New York Times, 31 July 2013)