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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative
This book covers not just Pershing's punitive expedition into Mexico, but the raid on Columbus, New Mexico that sparked it. It deals well with the build-up, coming down on the side of the theory that Villa's raid was to gain supplies rather than there being any intention to fight a large battle with US forces. The raid itself is covered extensively. The section on the...
Published on 25 Mar. 2012 by Graham R. Hill

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1.0 out of 5 stars confused and confounded
What a mess this book is! The introduction is confused the editing does not exist. Why publish a vague map of Mexico with some of the battles mentioned (and not mentioned)on it, without giving a clue who won. Why no chronology? Was there one raid or many - I don't know. Just compare this with the 47 Ronin. I hope my next raid title is better, otherwise no more.
Published on 14 May 2012 by Mr. D. R. Evans


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars confused and confounded, 14 May 2012
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Mr. D. R. Evans "Bartarch" (Bristol UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Hunt for Pancho Villa - The Columbus Raid and Pershings Punitive Expedition 1916-17 (Paperback)
What a mess this book is! The introduction is confused the editing does not exist. Why publish a vague map of Mexico with some of the battles mentioned (and not mentioned)on it, without giving a clue who won. Why no chronology? Was there one raid or many - I don't know. Just compare this with the 47 Ronin. I hope my next raid title is better, otherwise no more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious mess, 12 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: The Hunt for Pancho Villa - The Columbus Raid and Pershings Punitive Expedition 1916-17 (Paperback)
This is a very short review to confirm what DR Evans below has written. This is one of the worst military history books I've ever bought, and probably the worst Osprey (though there are a few contenders for this award). As DR says, the introduction is almost beyond belief - it surely must have been written while the author was drunk. This would actually be funny if I hadn't spent over £10 on it. Ospreys decline is much argued over, but this rancid cack is proof that it is very much a reality.
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3.0 out of 5 stars US/Mexico Border Fight, 5 Feb. 2013
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P. J. Connolly "Caractacus" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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I have read the pretty negative reviews of this book but I am not sure it is quite as bad as some of the comments would indicate. It is certainly not up to the standard of Osprey's best books. The artwork is uninspiring and the maps are not much good. The writing is a little dull and uninspiring. On the positive side the raid itself is well described and there is much interesting information, even if it could have been better presented. Pershing's punitive expedition is less well explained but interesting nonetheless. Overall it would require a high quality author to provide a brief introduction to the Mexican Revolution of 1910-20 and then to bring into the picture the German efforts to stir up the Mexicans against the USA. The Author does his best but the complexity proves too much and any reader with no existing knowledge of the subject would soon drown in a whirlpool of the competing factions and leaders. A pity because it is an interesting and comparatively neglected subject. It is fascinating to speculate what might have happened if the US had been dragged into prolonged conflict with Mexico. Seems absurd but it could have happened as this book shows.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative, 25 Mar. 2012
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This book covers not just Pershing's punitive expedition into Mexico, but the raid on Columbus, New Mexico that sparked it. It deals well with the build-up, coming down on the side of the theory that Villa's raid was to gain supplies rather than there being any intention to fight a large battle with US forces. The raid itself is covered extensively. The section on the expedition has much interesting detail on the air and logistical support available to Pershing, but coverage of the fighting is limited to a small number of set pieces. Of these, that at San Miguelito Ranch - featuring George S. Patton in a starring role - and the clash at Carrizal between US troops and those of the Mexican government are covered in the most detail. De Quesada tantalisingly mentions a number of other raids on the US both before and after that on Columbus, but provides only the sketchiest details.

The illustrations are good, but the text has been very poorly edited. It is in places repetitious and throughout is written in very unidiomatic English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Mar. 2015
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A good primer.
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