Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Random Cutting - American Action against Villa (1916)

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No, this is not a grudge match between a USA football team and Aston Villa. This is the American Army vs. Pancho Villa.
On the 9th March 1916 the Mexican revolutionary (or freedom fighter or terrorist depending on your point of view) Francisco ‘Pancho’ Villa crossed into the USA and attacked the town of Columbus, New Mexico. Then as now, the US Government was none too pleased and in effect invaded Mexico on March 14th with 4800 troops with orders to capture or kill Villa. They were active in Mexico for a year but failed to get him and withdrew in February 1917.

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