As a 'historian' myself, I have to begin by saying, although there was an Apache Chief Cochise, and there was a 'Battle of Apache Pass,' the film is not to be mistraken as completely, historicaly authentic. But, then again, few such 'Hollywood' versions are. Still, if you like an old fashioned cavalry vs. Indians shoot-em-up story , this is quite a good and entertaining one. It was in fact also a follow up to the more famous Broken Arrow film in which James Stewart played peace-maker with the Apaches. In that film, and this, the same actor, Jeff Chandler played Cochise. The Battle of Apache Pass historicaly took place before that famous 'peace treaty' This film therefore was 'a prequel!' Maybe Hollywsood's first. I'm not sure. But, good film action entertainment.