About 3,500 fresh, veteran troops, travelled through Arizona and New Mexico and arrived in the town in early October, bringing the total number of defenders to 6,500. Villa was completely unaware of this development. He believed that the town was defended by only 1,200 soldiers.
Villa decided on a cavalry charge at night. When the charge was well under way, two searchlights illuminated the battlefield. Entrenched machine guns, manned by Mexican soldiers, decimated the bandits. Land mines blew many from their horses. The few that managed to make it near the trenches encountered electrified barbed wire.
The charge collapsed and the attack was a failure. As a reprisal, in 1916 Villa attacked, at night, civilians in the small town of Columbus, New Mexico. William Randolph Hearst owned a large estate in Mexico, and he demanded protection and punishment. Pershing and around 5,000 U. Troops into Mexico in an attempt to capture Villa.In spite of Villa proclaiming that the raid was a success by evidence of captured arms and equipment from the camp, which included over 300 rifles and shotguns, 80 horses, and 30 mules, the raid was a tactical disaster for him with ill-afforded casualties, including at least 63 killed in action. The 63 bodies were dragged south of the stockyards, soaked with kerosene and burned. This intervention was notable for the U. Army's first use of airplanes (Curtiss Jennys). Within a year, unable to capture the bandit, the American forces withdrew, and their attention turned to the Great War and the trenches of Europe. Please see my other auctions. Powered by SixBit's eCommerce Solution. The item "COLUMBUS NM BURNING THE BODIES OF DEAD BANDITS ANTIQUE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD RPPC" is in sale since Saturday, August 24, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Postcards\US States, Cities & Towns\New Mexico". The seller is "motka" and is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.