by Jeff Guinn

A dramatic account of the “Punitive Expedition” of 1916 that brought Pancho Villa and Gen. John J. Pershing into conflict, and whose reverberations continue in the Southwestern US to this day.

Jeff Guinn, chronicler of the Southwestern US and of American undesirables (Bonnie and Clyde, Charles Manson, Jim Jones) tells the riveting story of Pancho Villa’s bloody raid on a small US border town that sparked a violent conflict with the US. The “Punitive Expedition” was launched in retaliation under Pershing’s command and brought together the Army, National Guard, and the Texas Rangers—who were little more than organized vigilantes with a profound dislike of Mexicans on both sides of the border. Opposing this motley military brigade was Villa, a guerrilla fighter who commanded an ever-changing force of conscripts in northern Mexico.

Interview with the Author

Military History Inside Out
Why the US Army charged into Mexico and found itself in trouble in 1916 – Interview with Jeff Guinn
5/18/21         69 min

History Unplugged
Pancho Villa’s 1916 Raid on New Mexico: The Pearl Harbor Bombing of Its Time
6/3/21        54 min

Poisoned Pen
Jeff Guinn
5/21/21           61 min

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