The 1916 War Between "Pancho" Villa and the U.S. Army: The Military Legacy of the US/Mexican Border

Dr. LaMonica documents the 1916 proxy war between the United States and Mexico, where a wing of the U.S. Army chased famed Mexican revolutionary leader "Pancho" Villa after he raided American settlements in the Southwest United States. The campaign is being given new attention, due to its importance to U.S. and Mexican relations in the twentieth-century and its connection to the United States entering World War I in 1917. The campaign was the coming out party for future U.S. military figures John J. Pershing and George S. Patton, where it was Patton's first taste of battle. This title includes 4 color photos and 8 black and white photos.


"Some scholars and historians assign significance to the 1916 campaign by casting it as the army’s 'dress rehearsal' for the Great War. McLynn refers to this as the “revisionist” interpretation. Dorsey portrays Mexico as the American Expeditionary Forces’ (AEF) 'training ground.' Boot lends “some justice” to the 'dress rehearsal' assertion by pointing out how the operation gave the army its first wartime experience using machine guns, automobiles, and aircraft. Prieto claims the 'lessons learned' in Mexico and on the border helped the army 'close the technology gap with its European counterparts' fighting the Great War. Miller agrees, stating that the army’s “learned lessons … would be applied in France less than a year later.”
From the Introduction

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Prelude to the 1916 Campaign

Chapter 2: The 1916 Campaign

Chapter 3: Reflections and Assessments