Sirlaugh’s Blog

March 21, 2009

George S Patton vs Pancho Villa

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Pancho Villa on horseback

Pancho Villa on horseback

Villa on the move

Villa on the move

Patton

Patton

Pancho Villa: Merchant Of Death

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punitive-expedition

punitive-expedition

ca. 1916-1917 --- Various American Officers with the Expedition force in Mexico.  Including Brigadier General John J. Pershing, and Lieutenant George S. Patton, Aide (4th and 5th from l.) --- Image by © CORBIS

ca. 1916-1917 — Various American Officers with the Expedition force in Mexico. Including Brigadier General John J. Pershing, and Lieutenant George S. Patton, Aide (4th and 5th from l.) — Image by © CORBIS

180px-patton_at_vmi_1907During the Mexican Expedition of 1916, Patton was assigned to the 8th Cavalry Regiment[4] in Fort Bliss, Texas. He accompanied then-Brigadier General John J. Pershing as his aide during the Punitive Expedition in his pursuit of Pancho Villa, after Villa’s forces had crossed into New Mexico, raided and looted the town of Columbus, and killed several Americans. During his service, Patton, accompanied by ten soldiers of the 6th Infantry Regiment, and using three armored cars, conducted the world’s first armored vehicle attack, and in the process killed two Mexican leaders, including “GeneralJulio Cardenas, commander of Villa’s personal bodyguard. The bodies were brought back to Pershing’s headquarters strapped to the hoods of the vehicles in a manner similar to game animals such as deer brought home by hunters. For this action, as well as Patton’s affinity for the Colt Peacemaker, Pershing titled Patton his “Bandito”. Patton’s success in this regard gained him a level of fame in the United States, and he was featured in newspapers across the nation

Villa, Pershing and Patton (Patton is on the right)

Villa, Pershing and Patton (Patton is on the right)

In the Pancho Villa Museum in Columbus, New Mexico

In the Pancho Villa Museum in Columbus, New Mexico

In Pursuit of Pancho Villa 1916-1917

Columbus, New Mexico

Columbus, New Mexico

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